Tai Chi is a graceful Chinese martial art, practiced for both self-defense and improving one's health. It's even practiced for display, such are its forms. Aesthetics aside, however, the purported health benefits of Tai Chi are quite true. Here are some of them:
The slow, purposeful movements that make up Tai Chi's forms create good tension in the muscles and thus build them up effectively. Indeed, the effectiveness of Tai Chi in this has, on instances, proven to be greater than traditional strength training methods among older participants.
Helps you better your balance
The movements in Tai Chi are designed to make you focus carefully on your balance, and thereby improving it, with the benefits carried over to everyday life. This is especially helpful with elderly practitioners, who are generally at risk of hurting themselves when they lose balance.
Apart from increasing their strength, Tai Chi movements also stretch muscles well, improving their flexibility and tone, making it easier to recover from damage. This, again, is especially helpful for older practitioners.
The Chinese are amazingly inventive with their various forms of martial arts, and Tai Chi, has been steadily gaining deserved recognition for its style, benefits and longevity.