The Positive Role of Tai Chi in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jul 13;18(14):7479. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18147479.

Abstract

The ongoing coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has posed a significant threat to both people's physical and mental health. Physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, and negative emotions among the general population have been significantly increased because of COVID-19 home confinement. These are major risk factors associated with higher incidences of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, effective exercise management should be proposed as a prevention strategy to improve both physical and mental health while diminishing the effects of COVID-19. Tai Chi as a low-to-moderate aerobic exercise combines physical and mental training and plays a positive impact on human health. Here we aim to outline the effects of Tai Chi on the immune system, inflammatory responses, pulmonary function, and emotional control. The benefits of Tai Chi practice for individuals coping with COVID-19 are stated here which include immune system promotion, inflammation response reduction, rehabilitation in respiratory diseases, and emotional improvement. This statement has been supported by available clinical, physiological, and biological research. As a result, we hope to introduce Tai Chi as an effective exercise intervention for people coping with COVID-19 and as a beneficial exercise for maintaining an active lifestyle during a pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Tai Chi; exercise intervention; pandemic.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Tai Ji*