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Pensioners will be at risk of falling almost a fifth if they take Tai Chi, the study at Oxford University discovers



PEnthusiasts can reduce the risk of falling into a fifth practicing Tai Chi and other exercise programs, suggests the investigation.

A study by the University of Oxford found that older people enrolled in fitness classes to improve their strength were less likely to suffer potentially deadly injuries.

The research, which examined 108 trials, with 23,407 participants, found that classes that aim to improve balance and functional exercise reduce the risk of falls by 23 percent.

The average age of the students was 76, with three quarters of women participating.

The tests involved pensioners who lived independently at home, as well as those who were in retirement villages or in shelters protected.

The review found that the exercises programs performed in group classes or homework prescribed by a physiotherapist were effective. Exercises were made almost always while standing up, which would improve the balance and the ability to do daily activities, such as standing in a low chair or climbing stairs.

On average, those who participated in all exercise programs had dropped by 23 percent less than those who did not do so, while Tai Chi found a 19 percent reduction.

The experts said it was less clear if exercises such as dancing and walking, which do not focus on balance, could reduce the risk of falls.


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