Was blood pressure reduced?
How did you measure better mood?
How was energy measured?
This qualitative study intended to assess the perceived benefits of Tai Chi practice among community older population. The researchers indicate that in terms of improved physical health and mental state, regular Tai Chi exercise may have positive benefits among community elderly population, and may be helpful and feasible body–mind exercise to community elderly population for its positive effects and advantages.
- The researchers conducted this study with participants from a trial examining the effects of a 12-week Tai Chi training on ischemic stroke risk in community older adults (n = 170).
- Regarding their perceived benefit on physical and mental health and whether Tai Chi exercise was suitable for the elderly, 20 participants were randomly selected from a convenience sample of participants who had completed 12-week Tai Chi training (n = 68) were interviewed.
- In this study, all participants admitted that Tai Chi training could relax their body and make them comfortable.
- The greater part of them thought Tai Chi training could promote physical health, including relieving pain, enhancing digestion, strengthening immunity, enhancing energy and improving sleep quality, enhancing their mental and emotional state (e.g. improving mood and reducing anxiety, improving concentration and promoting interpersonal relationship).
- Also, most of the participants agreed that for community older people, Tai Chi exercise was appropriate.
- From the content analysis, 3 primary themes emerged: Improving physical health; Enhancing mental and emotional state; Conforming with the request of the elderly.