Tai chi is a form of Chinese exercise, derived from the martial arts, it combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.
Tai chi is practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.
Tai Chi is designed to be safe and effective in improving posture, protecting joints and strengthening muscle. The techniques learned help to improve balance and coordination and promote general well being, and improve muscle strength in the legs.
Tai chi is a low-impact exercise, which means it won’t put much pressure on your bones and joints. It is ideal for inactive older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually.
What does it involve ?
Tai chi is characterised by its slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles. Done correctly, you’ll find that the tai chi poses flow smoothly from one into another. Some movements are completed with bent knees in a squat-like position.
Tai chi is essentially a gentle activity that is unlikely to cause injury if done correctly. The exercises involve lots of flowing, easy movements that don’t stress the joints or muscles.
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