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Tai Chi Calories

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Tai Chi Calories
Tai chi requires concentration and control. Photo Credit: Janie Airey/Photodisc/Getty Images

When you are looking for a big calorie burn, tai chi may not come to mind. Although the movements are performed in a slow, controlled manner, the exercise system actually burns a fair number of calories. A 125-pound person burns about 240 calories in an hour session, while a 155-pound person burns 300 and a 185-pound person burns 356. A tai chi session is about the equivalent, in terms of calorie burning, as an hourlong walk done at 3.5 mph.

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Benefits Beyond Calories

Although a tai chi workout can't compete with running or vigorous cycling when it comes to calorie burning, it provides numerous other unique benefits. This ancient martial art improves your flexibility, coordination, endurance, stamina and strength -- all while helping you to destress.

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