Tai chi is generally safe for people of all ages and unlikely to result in serious injury, though beginners may report minor aches and pains. Avoid practicing tai chi on a full stomach or when you’re tired. If you have joint problems, back pain, a hernia, or osteoporosis, consult your doctor before taking up the practice. He or she may recommend modifying or avoiding some postures.
Reviewed by Carolyn M. Matthews, M.D., director of integrative and functional medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, and Youcef Sennour, M.D., geriatrics and internal medicine specialist at Baylor Senior Health Center, Dallas.