Traditional Chinese exercises like Tai Chi may improve the overall quality of your heart and prevent against heart disease, researchers report.
Tai chi, qigong and other traditional Chinese exercises were linked to reducing depression and strengthening the quality of life in heart disease patients.
A new report was conducted by the Journal of the American Heart Association, explaining that, among the people with heart disease, the low-risk Chinese exercises appeared to help reduce blood pressure levels and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and other unhealthy blood fats.
However the exercises did not greatly improve heart rate, fitness levels, or general health scores.
“Traditional Chinese exercises are a low-risk, promising intervention that could be helpful in improving quality of life in patients with cardiovascular diseases,” study co-author Yu Liu, explained in a journal news release.
Liu stated that the physical and psychological benefits to these patients of the popular exercise is determined based on scientific evidence. He is dean of Kinesiology at Shanghai University of Sport in China.
There’s no cause-and-effect relationship between activities like tai chi and improved heart health, Liu concluded.
But, the researchers are continuing to conduct “randomized, controlled trials” for scientific research. They plan to review the effect of tai chi on heart health and other chronic diseases.
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