Tai Chi can improve the mental health of older adults

A recently published study into the psychological and physical effects of the Covid-19 virus has concluded that the unique breathing and movement rhythms of Tai Chi chuan has a positive effect on the mental and physical health of older adults which can be particularly beneficial in the wake of the recent pandemic.

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the necessity for home isolation resulted in the narrowing of the scope of activities and a lack of exercise which meant that older adults were more likely to experience depression and low immunity.

Scientific research shows that practices such as Tai Chi chuan, Baduanjin, Yijin Jing, and traditional Qigong can play a role in health promotion. Among them, Tai Chi chuan, which is gentle and easy to practice, can promote all systems of the human body. Studies have shown that it can help to relieve anxiety and depression, reduce the effects of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, improve quality of life and boost immunity. With the caveat that, for safety, practice should be undertaken with the guidance and supervision of a knowledgeable instructor and that warm up and cool down procedures should be adhered to, the study concludes that Tai Chi is likely to have a potential role in recovery, treatment and prevention of illness and disease as well the positive benefits for mental health.

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