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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