The Health Benefits of Practicing Tai Chi

In China, it is believed that tai chi can delay aging and prolong life, increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and tendons, and aid in the treatment of many conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure.

Because tai chi movements are slow and deliberate, with shifts of body weight from one leg to the other in coordination with upper body movements (sometimes with one leg in the air), it challenges balance and is a gentle way of improving strength, balance, flexibility and co ordination.

Tai Chi also focuses on controlled breathing and as a result can help in lowering stress levels and improving aerobic capacity.

Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might be considered to be "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, has value in treating or preventing many health problems.

Tai Chi is for everyone, and you can get started even if you aren't in good shape or the best of health.