Tai Chi: A Tool to Treat Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Tai Chi and other low impact excercise are great for all fitness levels because they get you moving without causing strain and stress.  They help us return to the present moment, and become more body aware – which can be an amazing gift if our mind is clouded with stress.

During my breast cancer journey and into the present I include yoga, Pilates, elements of Tai Chi, and Qi Gong – along with the easiest and more obvious form of excercise, walking.  I believe that although this study focused on Tai Chi, its findings apply to any of the items on the list above.

Can’t find a gym, afford a gym, or feel short on time?  Videos are a get a substitute! 

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 11.4 million Americans are currently living with cancer. While cancer treatments are plentiful, many have negative side effects. Previous studies have indicated that a significant number of patients who receive chemotherapy also experience cognitive declines, including decreases in verbal fluency and memory. Now, one University of Missouri health psychologist has found evidence that indicates Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art, might help overcome some of those problems.

“Tai Chi really helps individuals focus their attention, and this study also demonstrates how good Tai Chi could be for anyone, whether or not they have undergone treatment for cancer,” Reid-Arndt said. Via http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110606152208.htm

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