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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 Jun 27;2018:6351938. doi: 10.1155/2018/6351938. eCollection 2018.

Effect of Tai Chi Synergy T1 Exercise on Autonomic Function, Metabolism, and Physical Fitness of Healthy Individuals.

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1
Department of Exercise and Health Promotion, College of Education, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan.
2
Institute of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.
3
Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, Taipei City Hospital, Renai Branch, Taipei, Taiwan.
4
Department of Research, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
5
Department of Neurology, Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan.
6
Department of Leisure and Sports Management, College of Life and Creativity, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
7
Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
8
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Buddhist Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.

Abstract

Objectives:

Tai Chi synergy T1 exercise is an aerobic exercise derived mainly from Tai Chi exercise. It is also derived from the Eight Trigrams Palms, form and will boxing, mantis boxing, Qigong, and Yoga, with a total of 16 sessions in 63 minutes. In this study, we investigated its effects on autonomic modulation, metabolism, immunity, and physical function in healthy practitioners.

Method:

We recruited a total of 26 volunteers and 23 control participants. Heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI) were recorded before and after practicing Tai Chi synergy T1 exercise and regular walking for 10 weeks, respectively. Serum glucose, cholesterol, and peripheral blood including B and T cell counts were also measured. They underwent one-minute bent-knee sit-ups, sit and reach test, and three-minute gradual step test.

Results:

Tai Chi synergy T1 exercise enhanced parasympathetic modulation and attenuated sympathetic nerve control with increased very low frequency (VLF) and high frequency (HF) but decreased low frequency (LF) compared to the control group. Metabolic profiles including serum glucose, cholesterol, and BMI significantly improved after exercise. The exercise enhanced innate and adaptive immunity by increasing the counts of CD3+ T cells, CD19+ B cells, and CD16+CD56+ NK cells but decreasing the CD3+ cytotoxic T cell count. All monitored parameters including physical fitness and physical strength improved after the exercise.

Conclusion:

Tai Chi synergy T1 exercise improves autonomic modulation, body metabolism, physical fitness, and physical strength after 10 weeks of practice.

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