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- University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter

From University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter
The Newsletter of Nutrition, Fitness & Stress Management
Volume 15, Issue 2 November 1998 From the School of Public Health

Here are some of the potential health benefits of tai chi:

Flexibility: The choreographed exercises gently take your joints through their full range of motion. Studies show that the controlled movements can be helpful for people with arthritis (but they should check with their doctors before starting any exercise program).

Physical therapy: Some research has found that tai chi can be a form of physical therapy and aid in the recovery of injuries.

Balance: The smooth, slow movements help instill physical confidence and may enhance balance and coordination.

Strengthening: Tai chi helps tone muscles in the lower body, especially the thighs, buttocks and calves.

Posture: Your head, neck, and spine are usually aligned, thus relieving strain on the neck and lower back.

Relaxation: Tai Chi can have some of the same psychological benefits of yoga. The concentration on the body's fluid motion and on breathing helps many people relax, and can relieve tension and anxiety.

Lower blood pressure: Though studies have had conflicting results, a recent study presented at the American Heart Association meeting found that 12 weeks of tai chi resulted in a small but significant drop in blood pressure in older people.

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