Tai Chi looks sexy and cool. I can recall being in Philadelphia and watching elderly Asians “make love to air” in slow, choreographed movements that improve breathing, relaxation, and meditation.
Recent studies prove the martial arts technique of tai chi not only improves quality of life, but is an excellent practice for women who are at-risk of heart disease, the number one killer of my gender.
As we age, incorporating exercise into busy schedules becomes a challenge and the thought of leaving a tense workplace to attend an aerobic or spin class is often daunting, which is why more women simply pass and promise themselves to add an exercise regime as their New Year’s resolution.
Tai Chi Benefits Heart Patients (WebMD)
Not only is Tai Chi relaxing and meditative in practice, it doesn’t always require autonomy and is easy to learn. According to researchers, tai chi for heart failure patients is “safe and has good rates of adherence.” Additional advantages are that it can decrease anxiety levels, improve one’s strength and some moods disorders that generally require prescription drugs.
I’m sold. So long for sweatin’ to the oldies or limping in pain after one-hour Rumba classes. The latter are to be commended for their popular fitness contributions, but for those of us who desire a more peaceful pursuit to tame our ticker and stay ahead of heart disease, a spot under the sun and the circular flow of tai chi may be more than any doctor could order.
Penny Dickerson 2011
Tai Chi Helps Chronic Heart Failure Patients (eMax Health)