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Entries for month: August 2013

Tai Chi Linked to Reduced Mortality

A form of mind-body exercise that originated in ancient China, tai chi combines slow motion exercise and mind concentration to focus on movement.  Xianglan Zhang, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Tennessee, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on over 61,000 middle-aged and elderly men in Shanghai, China.  Researchers tracked their health and lifestyle for more than five years: nearly 22,000 participants reported that they exercised at least once a week, and the rest were considered non-exercisers.  Factoring in the men's age, health conditions and whether they smoked, exercise was tied to a 20% lower likelihood of dying. 

 


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