If you’ve been searching for an exercise that is great for your overall health and provides mental and physical stimulation, try tai chi. Considered by many to be a gentle martial art, the term "tai chi" refers to a harmonious balance between the yin and the yang – the two forces of the universe. Those who practice tai chi work to perfect a series of physical motions that flow into one another very smoothly and gracefully, while the body is held straight and upright. The movements are gentle, continuous and circular, exercising every part of the body.
Tai chi is especially beneficial for those with osteoarthritis. It can help strengthen leg muscles, improve posture and promote balance, flexibility and mobility. It also can teach relaxation and focus, and is a way to synchronize the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. In addition, it helps many to develop concentration and coordination, and can reduce the risk of falls, a common concern of older people.
If you would like to see how to start performing tai chi, watch this video, Tai Chi: What is Chi?
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