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Ezy Tai Chi: a simpler practice for seniors by K. John Fisher, Fuzhong Li and Machiko Shirai

As a form of exercise, tai chi increasingly appeals to the growing proportion of older adults that looks for alternative and convenient ways to exercise for health. Originally developed for martial arts purposes in China more than 300 hundred years ago,1 this practice has been used as a traditional exercise to improve fitness, health and longevity2 for individuals of all ages. Tai chi’s low-to-moderate intensity and beneficial effects on strength, flexibility, breathing and balance3,4,5 make it especially attractive to mature adults.

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