Tai Chi versus brisk walking in reducing cardiovascular risk factors: a randomised controlled trial (abridged secondary publication)
AWK Chan1, DTF Lee1, JWH Sit1, SY Chair1, DYP Leung1, LYL Leung2, LCW Fung3
1 The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2 Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
3 Kwong Wah Hospital
1. Tai chi was more effective than brisk walking in reducing levels of blood pressure, blood glucose, and glycated haemoglobin and in sustaining these positive effects at 9 months among Chinese adults with cardiovascular risk factors.
2. Exercise-only interventions without diet modification was not as effective as a combination of both in regulating blood lipid profiles and lowering the body mass index.
3. Tai Chi was effective in improving general health status and psychosocial wellbeing in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.