The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong improves cardiovascular health

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The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong improves cardiovascular health

-A review shows that traditional Chinese exercises reduce blood pressure levels, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Tai Chi is a sport that, originally developed as a martial art in ancient China, It is characterized by the realization of smooth, fluid movements. Consequently, Tai Chi facilitates postural stability and relaxation of the practitioner, reason why exercise is an exercise widely recommended for people of all ages.

But the benefits do not end there: similarly to what happens with other sports or 'meditation' in ancient China, as the Chikung-, Tai Chi also improves the health and well-being of people with cardiovascular disease, case of hypertension and stroke. Or so confirms a new study conducted by researchers Shanghai Sports University (China) and published in the journal "Journal of the American Heart Association».

Como explica Yu Liu, co-author of the study, "Traditional Chinese exercises are a promising, low-risk intervention that could help improve the quality of life of patients with cardiovascular diseases. So, The aim of our study was to determine, based on scientific evidence, both physical and psychological benefits of these increasingly popular exercises'.

More and more benefits

The authors evaluated the evidence achieved in 35 studies, developed with a total 2.249 participants 10 countries, They were aimed at assessing the effects of traditional Chinese sports among other, Tai Chi and Chikung- on cardiovascular health.

The results achieved in the review, or 'metanálisis'- of the studies showed that the practice of these exercises was associated with an average reduction of more than 9,12 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) in systolic blood pressure and more than 5 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure. namely, the results verified the effectiveness of the practice of this type of exercise in the treatment of hypertension.

It's more; people who practiced sports these traditional Chinese also experienced a significant reduction in HDL cholesterol levels -the so-called 'malo'- cholesterol and triglyceride. And as highlighted Chen Pei-Jie, study director, "The practice of these exercises seemed to also improve the quality of life and reduce depression in patients with cardiovascular diseases".

Show results into question?

Then, and at least with respect to cardiovascular health, Is there anything that these exercises can not improve? Because according to the authors themselves recognize, "Chinese traditional exercises did not involve a significant improvement in heart rate or aerobic capacity of the participants. And in the same way, we do not see an improvement in the results in general health questionnaires ".

Anyway, the study confirms the benefit associated with the practice of these exercises. But perhaps not so much the magnitude of this benefit. And it is that as referred to magazine editors, «while the revision provides a good overview of the impact of traditional Chinese exercises on cardiovascular risk factors, It presents certain methodological limitations, Case inclusion criteria, the study analyzed different; track participants less than a year; or evaluation of the results by researchers knew which exercise groups had been assigned participants, which could lead to a bias potential of these results ».


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