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Many regular participants in activities at the Scottsboro Senior Center enjoy taking part in the Tai Chi exercise class and find that it provides benefits for healthier bodies and minds.

Visitors to the Scottsboro Senior Center can get exercise on their own in the facility's exercise room or by taking any of several classes.

Beginning and advanced Tai Chi classes are offered at the Center each week.

Tai Chi is a slow-motion group exercise. It has been practiced around the world for centuries and some health care providers have found that the exercise routine can combat arthritis and bone health problems as well as improve balance.

Tai Chi is also low-impact. Practicing the exercises may act to lower blood pressure and strengthen mind and body coordination.

Beginners classes are held Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Advanced Tai Chi classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-1 p.m. The classes are taught by trained instructor Marci Flanagan.

All classes begin with warm-up exercises. Beginners then learn the basic forms of Tai Chi and how to develop a regular exercise routine based on what is learned in class. Advanced classes utilize more complex forms of Tai Chi to allow participants to get more comprehensive workouts to maintain and improve overall health.

For more information about the free classes call the Scottsboro Senior Center at 256-574-6623.

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