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THE BENIFITS OF MOVING MEDITATION

11 Benefts of Moving Meditation

1. Reduces stress

One of the main benefits of Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, though most evidence is anecdotal.

In 2018, one study compared the effects of Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong on stress-related anxiety to traditional exercise. The study included 50 participants. The researchers found that Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong provided the same benefits for managing stress-related anxiety as exercise. Because Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong also includes meditation and focused breathing, the researchers noted that Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may be superior to other forms of exercise for reducing stress and anxiety. However, a larger-scale study is needed.

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong is very accessible and lower impact than many other forms of exercise. The researchers found it to be safe and inexpensive, so it may be a good option if you are otherwise healthy and experiencing stress-related anxiety.

2. Improves mood

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may help improve your mood if you are depressed or anxious. Preliminary researchsuggests that regularly practicing Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It’s believed that the slow, mindful breaths and movements have a positive effect on the nervous system and mood-regulating hormones. Further research is being done to establish a clear link between Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong and improved mood.

3. Better sleep

Regularly practicing Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may help you to have more restful sleep.

One study followed young adults with anxiety after they were prescribed two Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong classes each week, for 10 weeks. Based on participant reporting, the individuals who practiced Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong experienced significant improvements in their quality of sleep compared to those in the control group. This same group also experienced a decrease in their anxiety symptoms.

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong can improve sleep for older adults, too. In a study published in 2016, researchers found that two months of twice-weekly Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong classes was associated with better sleep in older adults with cognitive impairment.

4. Promotes weight loss

Regularly practicing Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong can result in weight loss. One study tracked changes in weight in a group of adults practicing Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong five times a week for 45 minutes. At the end of the 12 weeks, these adults lost a little over a pound without making any additional lifestyle changes.

5. Improves cognition in older adults

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may improve cognition in older adults with cognitive impairment. More specifically, Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may help improve memory and executive functioning skills like paying attention and carrying out complex tasks.

6. Reduces risk of falling in older adults

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong can help improve balance and motor function, and reduce fear of falling in older adults. It can also reduce actual falls after 8 weeks of practice, and significantly reduce falls after 16 weeks of practice. Because fear of falling can reduce independence and quality of life, and falls can lead to serious complications, Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may offer the additional benefit of improving quality of life and general well-being in older adults.

7. Improves fibromyalgia symptoms

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may compliment traditional methods for management of certain chronic diseases.

Results from a 2018 study showed that a consistent Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong practice can decrease the symptoms of fibromyalgia in some people. Participants in the study who practiced Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong for 52 weeks exhibited greater improvements in their fibromyalgia-related symptoms when compared to participants practicing aerobics. Learn about other alternative treatments for fibromyalgia symptoms.

8. Improves COPD symptoms

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong may improve some of the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In one study, people with COPD practiced Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, they have improvements in their ability to exercise and reported an overall improvement in their quality of life.

9. Improves balance and strength in people with Parkinson’s

In a randomized, controlled trial of 195 participants, regular practice of Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong was found to decrease the number of falls in people with Parkinson’s disease. Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong can also help you to increase leg strength and overall balance.

10. Safe for people with coronary heart disease

Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong is a safe form of moderate exercise you can try if you have coronary heart disease. Following a cardiovascular event, regular Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong practices may help you:

  • increase physical activity

  • lose weight

  • improve your quality of life

11. Reduces pain from arthritis

In a small-scale 2010 study, 15 participants with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) practiced Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the participants reported less pain and improved mobility and balance.

A larger, earlier study found similar results in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). In this study, 40 participants with knee OA practiced 60 minutes of Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong, two times a week for 12 weeks. Following the study, participants reported a reduction in pain and an improvement in mobility and quality of life.

When compared to physical therapy, Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong has also been found to be as effective in the treatment of knee OA. Always talk to your doctor before starting Moving Meditation such as Tai chi or Qigong if you have arthritis. You may need to do modified versions of some of the movements.

Source: www.healthline.com