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There is a growing body of evidence that shows Tai Chi has important health benefits ranging from increased strength and weight loss to a boost in the function of the immune system.

Dr. Michael Irwin, a researcher at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is interested in the growing phenomenon of Tai Chi, and cites numerous studies which have shown beneficial effects from Tai Chi. Irwin says, "There are a number of studies on Tai Chi and its aerobic effects that show that metabolism increases, and there's physical conditioning over time...researchers have shown that there are robust improvements in physical function..."

Tai Chi is an ancient type of martial art that focuses on slow, deliberate and choreographed movements. It has been practiced for thousands of years in many parts of Asia and has enjoyed a surge in popularity within the United States beginning primarily during the early 1990s.

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