Tai Chi’s Effect on Heart Rate Variability Comparable to a Brisk Walk

By Richard Hyer The Asian exercise tai chi is comparable to but not quite as effective as a brisk walk for raising heart rate variability (HRV), according to a poster presented here at the American Academy of Family Physicians 2007 Annual Scientific Assembly.

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Tai Chi therapy against depression encouraging: Australian scientist

Australian scientist Liu Xin, who designed a Tai Chi exercise program to fight depression, diabetes and obesity said Wednesday that an initial trial of the program is encouraging.

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An Intervention Study for Preventing Falls

Falls have a major impact on the overall health of seniors, and physical activity can help lower the risk of falls. In a case-control study of individuals older than 65 years of age, subjects who practiced vigorous physical activity and had no limitations to their activities of daily living (ADL) had an adjusted odds ratio…

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How to Exercise as You Grow Older

When was the first time you asked yourself, “Am I getting old?” Was it that time you felt your heart beating faster as you climbed the stairs? Or the time your legs began to shake just carrying the grocery bags from the car? Or when your joints and muscles felt stiff when you woke up…

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Tai Chi May Benefit Older Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is an increasing problem among older adults, causing pain, functional limitations, and reduced quality of life. The traditional Chinese practice of tai chi, with its combination of physical and mental components, seems promising for OA patients; however, scientific evidence to support its use for this purpose has been limited.

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