Lynette Ryan, Sue Whitton, May Newman and Ronda Warhurst take part in ancient Chinese methods.
Lynette Ryan, Sue Whitton, May Newman and Ronda Warhurst take part in ancient Chinese methods. James Miller

Seniors get their bodies moving

THE spirit of ancient China was invoked at Warwick's Leslie Park yesterday morning.

U3A, the University for the 3rd Age, once again hosted its weekly Tai Chi gathering.

Tai Chi is the ancient Chinese martial art practiced worldwide for both its defence training and as a health benefit.

It has coincided with Seniors Week and U3A has issued an invitation for all seniors to join them for some beneficial, low impact exercise.

They accommodate all skill levels within their Tai Chi group.

From 9am every Thursday, come rain, hail or shine, the group will be starting out their warm up exercises, before splitting into groups depending on advancement.

The groups range from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

With their regular leader out for this session, Lynette Ryan has taken up the reins as co-ordinator and boss for the session.

Mrs Ryan believes Tai Chi has many benefits for seniors.

She said it was a good gentle exercise that was not demanding on joints or muscles, it was very relaxing, and it was also good for your body inside and out.

While Tai Chi may not be for everyone, it is also a great way to make new friends and bond with fellow seniors on a weekly basis.

Discounting all the health benefits and relaxation behind Tai Chi, it is purely an enjoyment factor that keeps these ladies coming back weekly for their Tai Chi fix.

The U3A and its members are always striving to add new members to their branch, and welcome any seniors into their ranks.

If you are interested in joining this ancient tradition, they are always taking in new members and begin their Tai Chi every Thursday from 9-10am.

While not directly affiliated with Seniors Week, they welcome newcomers with open arms.



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