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September 28, 2018

Practicing Mindfulness Benefits Parents and Children

Another Post about research on Tai Chi…

 

 

 

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September 4, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: A (different) Version of the Long Round Hand Form

July 9, 2018

Walk more!

Whatever else this means, it certainly means that we should walk more.

July 7, 2018

Experiencing a Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout the Day

Summary: Waking up feeling stressed and anxious can impact your cognitive function throughout the day, researchers report. A new study reveals those who woke up feeling as though the day ahead would be stressful experienced problems with working memory later in the day. Researchers say the anticipation of stress impacts cognition, even if a stressful event does not occur.

Source: Penn State.

June 27, 2018

Don’t Let Depression Keep You From Exercising

Summary: Researchers say exercise is crucial to the overall health of those with depression. The study reveals people with higher levels of fitness during middle age were significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, even if they were diagnosed with depression.

Source: UT Southwestern.

Old news, I know. And if you search for Depression on this Blog you will find more than a dozen Posts, going back years, that inform and (hopefully) persuade you to do more exercise (it’s all about the happy chemicals:-)

Unfortunately, the things that cause people to be depressed can sometimes be the very things that keep them from exercising. Not to worry: do tai chi!

 

June 23, 2018

What are you modeling? Childhood emotional eating is learned at home!

https://neurosciencenews.com/emotional-eating-home-9412/

June 22, 2018

What’s this “may” business!

“Mindful Movement May Lower Stress and Anxiety”

Stress Levels Change After Meditation

Summary: Researchers report meditation and yoga are more effective at reducing stress than Chi in soldiers. Additionally, those who meditate showed stronger executive control.

Source: U.S Army Research Laboratory.

For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers spent a year collaborating with a team of scientists from the University of North Texas to develop a new data processing technique that uses heart rate variability as a sensor to monitor the state of the brain. Their findings are reported in a paper published in the June edition of Frontiers in Physiology.

[It gets technical, and you do not need to read the whole thing, but do get the point: meditation is beneficial as it relates to stress. A point that I have been harping on in Posts on this Blog for 13 years – and a integral part of why Tai Chi is perfect exercise…  Incidentally, this “Chi” thing referred to in the research is, no doubt, a new agey flavor of the month, so there is another lesson to be learned: the traditional approaches produce results not immediately reproducible by copy cat attempts.]

June 20, 2018

Planned Movements and Spontaneous Reactions are Processed Differently in the Brain

Call it Tai Chi research if you want to…

June 16, 2018

Biochemistry of Sleep Need in the Brain

Now that is a mouth full – check it out: https://neurosciencenews.com/sleep-needed-brain-changes-9347/

June 15, 2018

Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation Response Have Different Effects on Brain Function

Whenever I read about studies having to do with these or other related subjects (e.g., rehab, fitness training, self-defense tactics), I am struck by the fact that they are really researching Tai chi. (Here is the link to the discussion of the Study that provoked this Post.) Grey Cook’s book, Movement comes to mind as a classic example.

Tai Chi Chuan (the “Chuan” connotes the martial aspects of the discipline) is all of these things simultaneously; and more. People that I speak with know that I am a Tai Chi guy, so they just chalk it up to my enthusiasm. Some people, though, who are in the middle of the world of related research are able to appreciate the “complete” nature of Tai Chi Chuan.

Of course not all Tai Chi is equal: you have to have good instruction; and you have to practice correctly. But training within a traditional Tai Chi syllabus under good instruction provides as complete a system of exercise and self-defense, including all aspects of exercise (including rehab) as a person is going to find.

 

June 14, 2018

For Sleep Pray

The Impact Religion Has on Sleep Quality

 

“After examining these studies, the researchers concluded that people who have higher levels of religious involvement tend to have healthier sleep outcomes than their less religious counterparts.

Ellison believes the data suggests a person’s religious involvement benefits their mental health by reducing stress, promoting social engagement and support from fellow church members, providing psychological resources (hope, optimism, sense of meaning) and promoting healthier lifestyles (lower levels of substance abuse).”

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