A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2017/07/14/qigong-tai-chi-health-benefits.aspx Tai Chi, a branch of Qigong, has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Qigong has an even longer history, dating back about 5,000 years.1 Originating in China, these exercises are said to balance and harness qi (also spelled chi), or "life energy," and is frequently described as meditation in motion, as the activity takes you through a set of slow, gentle movements while you focus on your breath. Just looking at it, it may seem like these exercises do little in terms of exercising your body, but appearances can be deceptive. Research shows Tai Chi and Qigong provide many physical and psychological

Tai Chi Reduces Anxiety in Stressed but Healthy People

http://www.americantaichi.net/TaiChiQigongForHealthArticle.asp?cID=2&sID=10&article=chi_201706_3&subject=Mental%20Health According to the latest issue of Journal of clinical psychology, researchers from University of Technology Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney performed a randomized controlled trial to determine whether 12 weeks of Tai Chi practice can reduce anxiety in healthy but stressed people. Of the 50 participants in the study, 17 were randomized into the Tai Chi group, another 17 to the exercise, and the remaining 16 in the wait-list group. Outcome measures used were State Trait Anxiety Inventory, Perceived Stress Scale 14 (PSS14), blood pressure and heart rate variabi

Why T'ai Chi Is As Good For You As Cross Fit

http://time.com/4758683/tai-chi-exercise/ You’ve probably seen groups of people practicing tai chi in a park, so you have some idea what it's all about. Slow, mindful movements. No weights. Low intensity. The practice combines aspects of ancient Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, and it's the antithesis of most modern exercise programs that emphasize fast, vigorous activity. Indeed, certain parts of tai chi are thousands of years old. But while tai chi may look mundane—even boring to some—experts who’ve studied it say its benefits are vast and hard to oversell. Tai chi is a richly researched exercise, with health improvements ranging from better blood pressure scores to a sharper

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