Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong are often referred to as "meditation in motion" or after reading the quotes below, "medication in motion". Traditionally seen as having greater appeal to the elderly, it is however of benefit to all.
1 - Harvard Medical School have recently stated that “a growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age”.
2 - a comprehensive study by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in 2011 noted that "from all of the studies (of Tai Chi and Qigong), 163 different physiological and psychological health outcomes were identified...including bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness..., physical function, falls prevention and balance, general quality of life and patient reported outcomes, immunity, and psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and self-efficacy".
3 - a scientific study published via Oxford University Press in 2004 focused specifically on benefits for middle-aged women : "Health risks in women in old age...have been attributed to a failure to maintain exercise earlier in life...and so Tai Chi as a health promotive activity is not an exercise exclusively for benefit in the elderly."
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