Tai Chi improves muscle strength in elderly
Regular Tai Chi practice resulted in significant improvements to arterial compliance and eccentric knee extensor strength in elderly women participating in a recent clinical trial.
The elderly women who participated in the trial were assigned either Tai Chi training or an education program over the course of 16 weeks. The group of women who received the Tai Chi experienced the improvement in the arterial compliance and knee extensor strength; participants in the control group showed no significant improvement.
The authors conclude that Tai Chi holds potential for improving muscle strength and cardiovascular health in the elderly.