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

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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 www.shirleyarcher.com.