Throw Off Your Shoes and Embrace Tai Chi to Improve Balance, Agility and Strength

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Numerous studies conducted during the past decade have substantiated health benefits for people of all ages, but particularly for seniors. C. J. Buck is CEO of Xenna Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey, a distributor of natural foot care products. Buck says, "It's all about staying in shape, being youthful, both physically and mentally, no matter what your age."

Tai chi is a slow-motion, low-impact meditative exercise used for relaxation, health and self-defense, which has its roots in Chinese Taoist philosophy. Because of its documented health benefits, tai chi has gained enormous popularity in America and throughout the rest of the world. Research suggests those benefits include helping those with osteoporosis, arthritis, high blood pressure, and improving cardiorespiratory function, flexibility, balance and coordination, especially for the elderly.

Like yoga, tai chi classes have sprung up everywhere, including health clubs, community centers and schools. Tai chi is usually learned by attending classes led by a tai chi instructor. However, many books, DVDs, and videos are available for self-study. No special equipment is necessary, unless required for a special health issue, and classes usually last 45 minutes to one hour.

Numerous studies conducted during the past decade have substantiated health benefits for people of all ages, but particularly for seniors. One study in the prestigious "Journal of the American Medical Association" found that tai chi can help improve balance in elderly individuals and help reduce the risk of falling. According to the study, (May, 1995), "in comparison to other exercises, including weight training, stretching, endurance training, and balance training, tai chi was the most beneficial exercise, reducing falls and their resulting injuries 25%." Many experts say weekly participation in tai chi exercises can do wonders for both physical and mental well-being, regardless of a person's age.

C. J. Buck is CEO of Xenna Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey, a distributor of natural foot care products. Buck says, "It's all about staying in shape, being youthful, both physically and mentally, no matter what your age."

Tai chi is normally done barefoot. However, for individuals with yellow, discolored toenails or rough, cracked heels - common problems among baby boomers and seniors - going barefoot may be so embarrassing they decide to forego tai chi, yoga and other beneficial exercises. Buck hears about the emotional impact of having unattractive feet on a daily basis, and says, "Many individuals have contacted me about the frustration they face because of their embarrassment about how their feet look. They avoid gyms, modern dance or exercise classes, swimming pools, the beach and wearing sandals because they simply don't want to bare their feet in front of others. Women can wear nail polish over yellow nails, but men don't have this option. For many, having unsightly nails rules out flip-flops, hotel hot tubs and tai chi or yoga classes."

Xenna's patented NonyX® Nail Gel was developed to provide a natural solution to the problem of yellow, dark or discolored nails. A recent clinical study confirmed NonyX Nail Gel significantly improves toenail color and clarity by exfoliating yellowing keratin debris from under the nail.

"NonyX Gel is a topical, easy-to-use gel that breaks down and removes yellow, discolored or thick keratin debris buildup under nails - the actual source of nail discoloration. It softens keratin debris using natural ethanoic acid, and permits it to be scraped out from under the nail after about four weeks. Once keratin debris is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails looking clear and attractive with regular use," says Buck.

Dr. Jack Morgan, a Monterey Park, California podiatrist says, "Whether young or old, my patients care very much about how their feet look." For dry, cracked heels Dr. Morgan recommends acid-free CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment. He says, "Among the many products for dry feet, only one contains natural enzymes, which have proven to be remarkably effective for softening and thickened areas, exfoliating dry cracked heels and moisturizing dry, scaling skin."

Newly patented CalleX Dry Heel Ointment has been shown in consumer studies to significantly reduce thick, dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. Acid-free, diabetic-friendly CalleX moisturizes dry, rough or flaky skin, and exfoliates and thins thickened areas, while leaving normal skin unaffected.

Buck says, " In the past, people just accepted aging and all that used to connote. Nowadays, keeping your feet attractive and youthful-looking is possible. It takes some time, but the pleasure of looking down and seeing a handsome or pretty foot - rather than a part of your body that is embarrassing - is well worth it in the end."

Product Sourcing Information: NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium, Brooks, Duane Reade and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores. You'll also find it at HEB, Roundy's and Brookshire grocery stores, through podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com. CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is now available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs, Roundy's and most Medicine Shoppe pharmacies and from podiatric physicians and online at http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com. To order NonyX Nail Gel or CalleX Dry Heel Ointment online, find a store near you or to view clinical photos, click on http://www.xenna.com.

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails.

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