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Chinese Tai Chi exercise boosts health among elderly

Fri, Sep 18, 2015, 03:43 PM
London, Sep 18: Older people who regularly practice the traditional Chinese Tai Chi exercise technique are less likely to suffer high blood pressure and were physically stronger, a new study finds.

Tai Chi consists of slow, gentle, flowing movements that aim to boost muscle power, balance and posture. It also includes mindfulness, relaxation and breath control.

It can also help asthma patients control their condition, the study found.

Researchers said the improvement in heart function combined with increased muscular power meant that the martial art should be considered the preferred technique for elderly people to maintain good health, The Telegraph reported.

"The improvement in arterial compliance could have resulted from a combination of aerobic training, stretching, mental concentration and calm meditation during Tai Chi movement," lead researcher William Tsang from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, was quoted as saying.

The findings were published online in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Agency: IANS

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