Health Benefits of Tai Chi from Harvard Medical News Letter:
The health benefits of Tai Chi MAY 2009 This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life
Muscle strength.In a 2006 study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Stanford University researchers reported benefits of tai chi in 39 women and men, average age 66, with below-average fitness and at least one cardiovascular risk factor. After taking 36 tai chi classes in 12 weeks, they showed improvement in both lower-body strength (measured by the number of times they could rise from a chair in 30 seconds) and upper-body strength (measured by their ability to do arm curls).In a Japanese study using the same strength measures, 113 older adults were assigned to different 12-week exercise programs, including tai chi, brisk walking, and resistance training. People who did tai chi improved more than 30% in lower-body strength and 25% in arm strength — almost as much as those who participated in resistance training, and more than those assigned to brisk walking. "Although you aren't working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body," says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. "Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.
Roswell Tai Chi has observed improvement in muscle tone and strength in many of its students and instructors. This is due partly to the isometric principles of tension and relaxation as well as relying on the body's core (abdominals,back)and legs to perform an action. The muscle tone is accomplished through the suspension of the arms for long periods of time while practicing the form. Some examples that students notice are toning of the biceps and triceps. One woman was thrilled to report, “Look, I don't have chicken wings any more, no jiggle,my arms are that toned now!" Lateral muscles and pectoral muscles have also shown great improvement in muscle tone due to the rounded postures adopted by Tai Chi.
Tai Chi involves continuous shifting of weight from one leg to the other so the legs become more sculpted and strengthened than when engaged in more traditional exercise.
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