Up to 20 people, aged in their 70s and 80s, attend the weekly, hour-long exercise sessions at the Newgate Close sheltered housing complex at High Green.
Practising Tai Chi aids relaxation, balance and health. An ancient form of meditation, it is highly effective for stress and pain relief, combining mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements to increase chi (life energy).
Sheffield Homes provided £1,250 to fund the sessions as part of the “Your Community, Your Choice” initiative.
Members pay a subsidised £1.50 per session. Winnie is currently seeking further funding to keep the sessions going long-term.
“Getting people involved in activities like this helps them create social networks and make new friends. It also shows you are never too old to think about improving your health and fitness levels with a gentle exercise regime.”