Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow, smooth body movements to achieve a state of relaxation of both body and mind. It involves a series of movements performed in a focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing (Thompson Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2006). It helps release emotional tensions, increases concentration and awareness and decreases stressful physiological reactions. As a low-impact exercise, Tai Chi is great for people with joint problems in strengthening connective tissue and improves circulation. This form of exercise improves balance and posture, by emphasizing correct form with each movement. Instead of developing bulky muscles and brute force, exercisers tackle tension and stress while improving body awareness (Noelcke,n.d.) Tai Chi hase become popular it's a great way to relax and can help people learn to deal with stress (Burns, 1993).
The study was done to determine the effects of Tai Chi exercise program on the heart rate, peripheral oxygen saturation and random blood sugar of the subjects. It was also done to provide a scientific basis on the claim that each blood type has developed with its own needs and thus will have different reactions to Tai Chi exercise program tailored for a particular blood type.
Overweight alie health students with blood types A, B, and O were asked to participate in the study. Tai Chi exercise program was performed three times per week for two weeks duration. Results show that teher is no significant difference on the health parameters regardless of blood types after the program.
The results of the study demonstrated that the blood type exercise program has no significant effect on heart rate (at rest and after exercise), peripheral oxygen saturation (before and after exercise) except on the blood type B and random blood sugar of overweight allied health students of University of Perpetual Help-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University, regardless of blood types, after a 2 weeks exercise program of Tai Chi. The result couldn't support nor provide back up to the claims about the validity of the blood type exercise program on the basis of the health parameters presented in this research endeavor.