Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE) has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.
Tai Chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. It is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.
When learned correctly and performed regularly, Tai Chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of Tai Chi may include:
- Increased energy and stamina
- Improved flexibility, balance and agility
- Improved muscle strength and definition
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved joint pain