Tai Chi means the ‘ultimate of ultimate’, often used to describe the vastness of the universe. Based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, Tai Chi stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. This ancient practice combines slow, deliberate movements, meditation and breathing exercises.

How it works: Originally developed for self-defence, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful, low-impact form of exercise that may be especially suitable, if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.