Effects of A Short-term Cardio Tai Chi Program on Sedentary Adults
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December 27, 2019 - A study by University of East-West Medicine in Sunnyvale, CA and Augusto Motta University Center of Brazil evaluated the effects of a short-term Cardio Tai Chi program on the cardiorespiratory fitness and hemodynamic parameters in sedentary adults.
Thirty-one sedentary participants (age ranging from 49 to 67 years, body mass ranging from 51 to 75 kg) were subjected to an exercise program during 10 sessions over a 10-day period within 2 weeks. The Cardio Tai Chi program consisted in a series of three to five intervals lasting 90 s each at about 70% maximal heart rate separated by 2-min of low-intensity recovery.
Primary outcome measures were cardiorespiratory fitness assessed by the Rockport walking test and resting hemodynamic parameters (systolic, diastolic, mean and pulse pressures). We observed a significant difference of means was observed on post-pre systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure. No significant differences were observed for diastolic pressure, mean blood pressure, or resting heart rate.
The findings suggest that engaging in a short-term Cardio Tai Chi program can improve cardiorespiratory fitness and hemodynamic parameters in sedentary adults.