Magazine article Work & Family Life

Ancient Tai Chi Offers Modern Health Benefits

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Ancient Tai Chi Offers Modern Health Benefits

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Amende form of exercise known as tai chi, which has been practiced in China for hundreds of years, seems to work especially well for older Americans.

Several studies have found that tai chi exercises can help relieve pain, regulate blood pressure, build energy and strength, aid sleep, improve flexibility and balance, alleviate stress and lessen the risk of falls. The 2004 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reported that tai chi also helped to slow bone loss in early postmenopausal women.

Additionally, arthritis sufferers are able to do tai chi because its lowimpact movements place less stress on joints and muscles. "A 30-minute session twice a week for six months is enough to make a positive impact on your physical and emotional health," says geriatrics professor Emily Chai, M.D., of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Because tai chi focuses on breathing and flowing gestures, it is often called "meditation in motion. …

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