Tai Chi Good for College Coeds

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Nov 01, 2004

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Thirty college coeds who participated in a biweekly tai chi program for 3 months at Georgia State University in Atlanta had an improved perception of both physical and mental health, according to results published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2004; 32 [3], 453–9).

While physical measures of bodily pain and general health improved after 3 months of tai chi, measures of mental and emotional function, vitality and mental health showed significant improvement. Given the positive results of this short trial, the investigators recommended that colleges and universities should consider offering tai chi classes to students as part of their physical activity programming.

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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.