More good news about Tai Chi

By AltMed1-Peggy  

It seems there’s a new report almost every day telling about another new reason why tai chi helps people feel better.  One that I just came across in a health journal described a study that was actually published last year in the Archives of Internal Medicine medical journal.

 

Doctors recommend exercise for people with chronic heart failure but they know how difficult it is for people with chronic heart failure to exercise. The goal of this study was to find out whether tai chi would be a safe and beneficial form of exercise for these patients, instead of putting them through the standard exercise program.

 

Researchers followed 100 people with heart failure as half participated in heart health classes twice a week while the others went were in tai chi exercise programs twice a week. 

 

After 12 weeks, they saw both groups had improved exercise capacity, which showed tai chi worked as well as the conventional program. But, even better, the tai chi group gained bonus benefits such as better quality of life, improved mood, and feeling more confident about their ability to exercise.

 

If you’d like to read the study, see: Tai Chi Exercise in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Posted May 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    I take a yoga class once a week (I know I should do it at home, but I NEED that class and my dear teacher to make me do it), but have been thinking about adding something else into the mix. Tai Chi or another martial-arts based exercise is definitely in the running.

    • (not the famous one)
      Posted May 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Whatever works to get it done! 😀

  2. Posted May 5, 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m new to Tai Chi. I always thought it was a outdoor group exercise class for silvered haired women. Boy was I wrong! I am enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi now and telling everyone about it.

  3. Posted May 4, 2012 at 5:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    Peggy,

    Glad to have found your site through Blogathon!

    I have practiced Taoist Tai Chi for almost five years now and am a volunteer beginner instructor. I have seen and heard firsthand how Taoist Tai Chi has significantly improved the lives of those with, for example, back problems, asthma, brain injuries, strokes, repetitive strain injuries. Our society (www.taoist.org) has branches all over the world and offers Health Recovery Classes for those with more serious health issues in conjunction with regular classes. Practicing this internal art has made a huge difference to my life. I’m glad more articles are being written about it!

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