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The best exercise to slow down aging

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When researchers in Florida and China studied which type of exercise produces the best anti-aging effects, they found that a simple movement that does

The study showed that Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese sport and martial art, helps the body’s cells resist aging.

n’t even raise a sweat offers the greatest promise.

“To evaluate the potential life-lengthening effect of Tai Chi, we conducted a year-long, retrospective cross-sectional study comparing the rejuvenating and anti-aging effects among three groups of volunteers under the age of 25 who engaged in either Tai Chi (TCC), brisk walking (BW), or no exercise habit (NEH),” says researcher Dr. Shinn-Zong Lin, who is with of the Center for Neuropsychiatry, China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan. “We used young volunteers because they have better cell-renewing abilities than the old population and we also wanted to avoid having chronic diseases and medications as interfering factors.”

The scientists note that Tai Chi “has been confirmed to benefit” people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease and fibromyalgia. The exercise can also reduce pain, prevent falls, improve balance, make you more fit, drop your blood pressure and relieve stress.

“It is possible that Tai Chi may prompt vasodilation and increase blood flow,” says Lin. “Considering that brisk walking may require a larger space or more equipment, Tai Chi seems to be an easier and more convenient choice of anti-aging exercise.”

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