A recent meta-analysis suggests that the ancient Chinese martial art tai chi benefits older adults with a range of long-term conditions. Originating in China as a form of martial art, tai chi—dubbed “moving meditation” by practitioners—is a series of slow, gentle movements called forms, which flow from one into another.
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Tai chi is a simple, painless routine that improves balance, mobility, flexibility, sleep, and psychology. This article discusses the research that has demonstrated these and other tai chi benefits for seniors.