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Practicing Tai Chi May Extend Longevity

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Sep 19, 2013

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Like people who regularly engage in moderate-intensity exercise, men who practice tai chi consistently for approximately 5-6 hours per week enjoy a reduced risk of earlier death, says a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology (2013; doi: 10.1093/aje/kwt050).

Researchers from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, analyzed data on mortality and its association with participation in tai chi, walking and jogging, from the 61,477 Chinese men who contributed to the Shanghai Men’s Health Study. According to the study authors, these findings provide the first evidence that, like walking and jogging, practicing tai chi is associated with longer life.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at