Qigong Shows Motivational and Physical Benefits for Community Dwelling Older Women
March 20, 2015 -
Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing,
two researchers did a study to investigate the motivational and physical
benefits of exergaming and Qigong in community dwelling older adult women.
The research design was a
nonequivalent control group pre-test and post-test design. Sixty-one older adult
women over the age of 65 were recruited from 6 community senior centers to
participate in the 8 week exercise intervention or control group. Six centers
were divided into one of three groups: exergame, Qigong, or control. The
exergame and the Qigong exercise group received 16 sessions, scheduled twice a
week, with each session lasting 50 minutes.
Test measures were completed
before and after the 8 week intervention period for all participants. Measures
included: Grip strength, chair stand, 6 m walking, balance, geriatric depression
scale, vitality and intrinsic motivation.
There were significant improvements in the exergame
and Qigong exercise group for grip strength, chair stand, 6m walking, balance,
vitality and intrinsic motivation at the end the 8-week program compared with
the control group.
The researchers concluded that both Qigong and the exergame can
be an effective alternative for older adult women to group exercise classes.