Government Issues New Physical Activity Guidelines
Older adults Keep exercising like other adults as long
as you can sustain that level of exercise. If you have
a history of falls or have balance concerns,
include exercises like tai chi . . .
The two studies are the first involving Tai Chi to be reported by scientists in a special frailty reduction program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
In the first study, Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., found that older people taking part in a 15-week Tai Chi program reduced their risk of falling by 47.5 percent. A second study, by Leslie Wolfson, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, found that several interventions to improve balance and strength among older people were effective. These improvements, particularly in strength, were preserved over a 6-month period while participants did Tai Chi exercises..
-- NIH, National Institutes on Aging
Anti-aging medicine can repel Father Time
Chan explained that stress leads to the release of harmful hormones, such as cortisol, that break down the body. Anxiety also interferes with the production of beneficial hormones, which are already in decline as people reach their mid-40s. Tai chi counteracts this by calming the mind, slowing the release of stress-related hormones.
AGING, slowing the aging process. Research at Baylor Medical School has found that some cells from the bodies of long-term QiGong practitioners live five times longer than the same cells from ordinary test subjects.
Other research from The Shanghai Institute of Hypertension looked at several aspects of aging. They determined that QiGong is an effective measure in preventing and treating geriatric diseases and delaying the aging process.
Study: Effects Of Tai Chi Chuan On Cytokines Il-4 And Ifn- Among Middle-aged And Elderly Women
901 exercise immunology
Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China. (Sponsor: Li Li, FACSM)
CONCLUSIONS: Based on the literature, relation between exercise and IFN-v could be concerned with factors of exercise mode, exercise intensity, exercise time, exercise intermission. Tai Chi Quan is a type of aerobic training, having the characteristic of regulating physiology and psychology. We conclude that the Tai Chi Quan Exercise may affect some aging related physiological characteristics.