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Tense? Try tai chi
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Just watching people glide through the poses as they do tai chi can be relaxing. Tai chi, used for over 2,000 years in China, is a great form of gentle exercise. If you practice regularly, you can enjoy many health benefits.

Tai chi is a self-paced, low-impact exercise made up of postures and movements. It’s performed slowly, allowing each movement to flow into the next without stopping. Most people can practice tai chi—alone or in a group—because its poses focus on technique, not strength.

Tai chi can lead you into a meditative state and can also:

  • reduce stress and blood pressure
  • increase flexibility, muscle strength and definition
  • boost energy, stamina and agility
  • improve balance, coordination and cardiovascular fitness
  • relieve chronic pain
  • increase calmness and sleep quality

Want to get started? A trained tai chi instructor can teach you the right way to practice. Check your local community education center for classes near you.