Tai chi is a slow and graceful Chinese exercise program that focuses on increased strength and muscle tone, enhanced range of motion and flexibility, and improved balance and coordination. Many who practice tai chi find that it offers a variety of "quality of life" benefits such as improved concentration, an increased sense of well-being, decreased feelings of stress, more energy, improved posture and better circulation. It is derived from the martial arts, is low intensity, is low in impact, but it also is weight-bearing, which will help strengthen bones.
Tai chi encompasses a set of "forms," with names like "grasping the bird" and "wave hands like clouds". Each form consists of a series of positions strung together into one continuous movement, including a set beginning and end.
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