Tai Chi may be considered a ‘soft’ martial art but embracing its gentle movement has also been shown to help lower the risk of stroke. A team of Australian researchers have discovered that by practicing mindfulness-based interventions such as tai chi, Chi Gong or Yoga, you can reduce key risk factors, including high blood pressure, fatty acids and blood sugar levels.
Tai Chi is an all-round fitness super star, with studies showing it can also improve strength and balance. Try an outdoor class, where you can breathe deeply and enjoy the serenity along with the powerful movements.
One Hour a Week Can Help!
It may be extra tough to get yourself up and off the couch when you’re feeling a bit low, but it’s definitely worth the effort as a number of studies have shown exercise to be an effective treatment for conditions like depression, in some cases it may even work as well as antidepressants and you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to feels the effects according to the research.
A recent study from the Black Dog Institute found that as little as one hour of physical activity a week can protect you against depression. So even small changes can help like a walk with a friend or a ride on your bicycle every week.
So what are you waiting for?
ON YA BIKE OR GET WALKING!
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