Maintaining cardiovascular health should be the number one priority for individuals undergoing stenting or having a heart attack. Cardiac rehab programs are an excellent way to fulfill this requirement. Sadly, not too many doctors recommend their patients to enroll in such programs and also, more than 60% of eligible patients themselves don’t choose to attend such cardiac rehabs. Other contributing factors for such negative response include time, travel, expenditure and the exercise part that some people find it too tiring. For such people, the Chinese practice of tai chi is the best alternative as it not too stressful physically and helps to reduce overall stress. There are others methods to reduce stress levels and stay relaxed and to more about them, please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Gentler Alternative to Heart Health
Tai chi is a gentle exercise form that includes a series of flowing movements and breath awareness. Around 29 people who refused to take up traditional form of cardiac rehab were signed into tai chi classes twice a week for three months (lite group) or three times a week for six months (plus group).
Apart from the mild muscle strain that was experienced at the start of the program, tai chi was 100% safe and reliable. Each of the individuals attended two-thirds of the classes and were eager to recommend it to a friend. Some various advantages of tai chi include:
As you start practicing this art form, you will slowly start reaping its benefits. Set a goal of practicing tai chi for at least one-two hours every week by attending classes along with home sessions for at least 150 minutes a week. Being a fun-filled and adaptable exercise form than cycling or running on the treadmill, any individual who takes up tai chi is sure to stick to it for a long time.
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