Effects of Tai Chi on Arterial Compliance and Muscle Strength in Elderly Women
March 26, 2012 -
This is a study performed by Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong
Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (SAR), China.
Exercise which can improve muscle strength while not compromising arterial
compliance is especially needed for older adults. Tai
Chi practitioners are known to have better than average arterial
compliance and muscle strength. This study was designed to establish a
cause-and-effect relationship between Tai Chi
training and both increased arterial compliance and increased muscle strength.
Design: In a single blind randomized clinical trial, 31 elderly women were
randomly assigned to receive either Tai Chi
training or an education program, three sessions per week for 16 weeks.
Results: After training, the subjects in the Tai Chi
group showed significant improvements in arterial compliance and eccentric knee
extensor strength. The subjects in the control group showed no significant
Conclusion: Practicing Tai Chi can improve the
eccentric knee extensor strength and arterial compliance of elderly women.
Tai Chi maybe a good exercise choice to improve
the cardiovascular health and muscle strength of the elderly.
The study is published in the March 2012 issue of
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.