3 Easy Tai Chi Videos for Seniors Prevent Falls, Improve Balance and Strength

Free tai chi videos for seniors for safe exercise that improves balance and flexibility

Tai chi for seniors improves safety and health

Tai chi is a gentle exercise that helps seniors improve balance and prevent falls.

It consists of making slow, graceful movements while breathing deeply.

Studies have found that tai chi also improves leg strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, immune system, sleep, happiness, sense of self-worth, and the ability to concentrate and multitask during cognitive tests.

Amazing benefits from such a simple exercise!

We found 3 wonderful (and free) beginner tai chi videos for seniors that make it easy for your older adult to do these simple exercises at home.




Senior safety tips: modify as needed

The most important thing is for your older adult to stay safe while exercising.

It’s essential for them to listen to their body and not push too hard, especially when trying something new.

For example, if they aren’t steady on their feet or normally use a walker or cane, it may be best to do the exercises from a seated position.

Or, maybe they’ll need to limit their range of motion to avoid strained joints. Another option is to stand for some exercises and sit for others.

Take a flexible approach and help your older adult make the exercises work for them.


3 easy beginner tai chi videos for seniors

1. Gentle Tai Chi and Qi Gong LEAP Service – 24 minutes
This is our favorite tai chi video because it has 3 people showing different options for each exercise. 1 person is standing and 2 are seated.

For each exercise, each person shows different modifications for different abilities.

The suggestions help your older adult find ways to make these exercises work best for their own body.

And the voice over instructions reinforce this idea and emphasize safety and comfort above all.

The video is split into two parts. Around 9 minutes and 30 seconds, there’s a natural stopping point after the breathing exercise.

The instructor prompts your older adult to choose to stop here or continue with more tai chi, depending on how they feel.


2. 36-minute tai chi class – 36 minutes
In this video, instructor Cate Morrill walks through slow, gentle tai chi movements.

At the same time, a second instructor demonstrates how to do the same movements while seated.


3. Tai Chi 5 Minutes a Day Module 01 – easy for beginners – 11 minutes
This video is set against a beautiful natural background while an instructor moves slowly through 5 different tai chi exercises.

The main instruction is from 1:30 minutes in the video to 5:45 minutes.

After the 5:45 minute mark, the instructor goes through the 5 exercises again as an “optional review,” without any spoken instructions.

Modifications aren’t shown, but it’s always possible to adapt these movements for your older adult’s abilities. See video #1 for ideas.


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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  • Reply October 10, 2021


    hi i am a man 68+ and doing exercise such as jogging and….. for many years now i want to know how many minutes should i run every day and how many times per week is ok for me regarding my age?

    • Reply October 10, 2021


      This is something that your doctor should advise you on based on your personal health conditions and health history.

      (We’re not medical professionals and aren’t qualified to provide any medical advice.)

  • Reply January 28, 2021

    Steve Kaiser

    These are wonderful easy movements. I just started this week so I don’t have any progress to report. I am looking forward to seeing the results in the near future.

    • Reply January 28, 2021


      Fantastic! So glad that you’re enjoying these gentle routines.

  • Reply January 1, 2019


    Where could I purchase these videos? I have a sister in a nursing home in Missouri, and she does not have access or knowledge of the computer to watch on line.


    • Reply January 5, 2019


      These are videos on YouTube, so one solution is to buy the YouTube Premium service so you’d have the ability to download any YouTube content for offline watching.

      Or, you could find a Tai Chi DVD that’s available for purchase, like these on Amazon — https://amzn.to/2SD8MUT

  • Reply October 1, 2018


    These exercises are very simple, effective and interesting. It is a good way for seniors to become active. They can do exercise anywhere they want.

  • Reply September 22, 2018

    Kath Olsen

    So many elders are hard of hearing. Could you add closed captions to this?

    • Reply September 25, 2018


      In the YouTube video player, if a video offers captioning, you can click the small “CC” icon in the bottom part of the screen, toward the right side. That will turn on captions. Click the gear icon to select language preferences when available.

      If you don’t see a “CC” icon, the company or person who created and posted the video didn’t include captioning. Out of the 3 videos above, the first one (Gentle Tai Chi and Qi Gong LEAP Service – 24 minutes) does offer captioning.

  • Reply April 25, 2018


    Thank you for the free videos on tai chi exercise, the instructors are wonderful with the instructions. I love this more than my pt and to therapy. Its a great exercises.

    • Reply April 26, 2018


      So glad to hear that you’re enjoying these exercises! They are wonderful indeed 🙂

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