Tai Chi for lungs
The Harvard Medical School in its subscribed mailing service speaks of the beneficial effects of Tai Chi on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).Tai Chi combines “sequences of slow, flowing upper- and lower-body movements with breath awareness and a variety of thinking skills that include focused attention and imagery,” says the mail. Classic Tai Chi is done standing. But it can also be done sitting. It is highly adaptable and therefore ideal for people with different fitness levels.
“Studies suggest that Tai Chi can help people with COPD boost their ability to walk and do other types of exercise, as well as improve their quality of life. The benefits are thought to arise from the combination of movement, breathing, and relaxation,” says the mail.
Tai Chi movements safely and gradually strengthen the heart and major muscle groups. “The deep breathing exercises enhance oxygen uptake, which can ease breathlessness. Finally, the meditative aspect of the practice helps lower stress.”