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Tai Chi For Mental Fitness?

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Feb 12, 2014

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Growing research evidence supports the theory that tai chi provides not only physical benefits but also mental benefits. In a review of tai chi studies conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona in Tucson, study authors found 10 studies that reported improvements in executive function, language, learning and/or memory among older adults who practiced tai chi regularly.

More research is warranted, since finding ways to help older adults preserve cognitive health, functional ability, independence and health-related quality of life is important, and tai chi shows increasing promise as an appropriate, safe and beneficial practice. The review was published in Geriatric Nursing (2013; doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.10.013).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

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 base...