March 1, 2004 at 10:23 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 2:07 PM
If you're over the age of 60, you are more at risk of getting shingles.
If you've had chicken pox, then you're also at risk for a painful nerve disease called shingles. As we get older, the chicken pox virus that stays in your system forever can reappear. It affects two out of ten people in their lifetime.
But now, doctors have possibly found a way to protect yourself from the disease with a relaxing exercise called Tai Chi. The study shows that slow exercise and intense meditation helps protect seniors, mainly those over the age of 60, against the shingles virus.
Taking three classes of Tai Chi a week for fifteen weeks boosts shingles immunity by about 50 percent. Tai chi has also been shown to help with Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Arthritis.