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Tai Chi May Reduce Anxiety and Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Diseases
March 27, 2013 -
In March 2013, the American Journal of Health Promotion published a study done by a group of researchers from numerous universities in Taiwan. The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of a Tai Chi Chung (TCC) program, an efficiency approach, on anxiety and cardiovascular risk factors.

In this research that was carried out in a community in Taipei City, Taiwan, 133 adults aged 55 years and older participated. The experimental group with 64 participants attended a 60-minute Tai Chi exercise three times per week for 12 weeks, whereas the 69 participants in the control group maintained their usual daily activities. Anxiety states, systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference (WC) were assessed at baseline, 6 weeks into the experiment, and 12 weeks into the experiment.

In this study, the experimental group participants showed a greater drop in anxiety levels and DBP at the 12-week follow-up than did the controls. SBP significantly decreased in the 6-week follow-up and 12-week follow-up tests. The participants in the intervention achieved a greater drop in BMI at the 6-week and 12-week follow-up visits than the controls. The interventions demonstrated decreased average WC at the 6-week and 12-week follow-up visits as compared to the controls.

The results highlight the long-term benefits of a TCC program in facilitating health promotion by reducing anxiety and risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.




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