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Qigong improving physical status in middle-aged women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18612090     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Regular exercise has been shown to benefit its practitioners and prevent and control diseases. Muscle/Tendon Change Classic (MTCC) qigong, characterized by simple, slow, and full-body exercise, is appropriate for the middle-age population. This study aims to evaluate the effect of the MTCC qigong program in improving physical status for middle-aged women. A quasi-experimental design was used. The experimental group (n = 37) received an 8-week MTCC qigong program, whereas the control group (n = 34) received none. Physiological parameters of muscular performance, body composition, and bone strength were measured before and after the program. The average age was 49 +/- 4.13 years for the experimental group and 50 +/- 4.74 years for the control group. The demographic characteristics were homogeneous between the two groups. There were statistically significant differences between the two groups in muscular endurance, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index at the completion of 8-week MTCC qigong program. The MTCC qigong could improve muscle endurance and body composition but not bone strength for middle-aged women, thereby demonstrating the qigong practice has certain health-preserving effects on women in this stage of life.
Yi-Kuei Tsai; Hsing-Hsia Chen; I-Hsin Lin; Mei-Ling Yeh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study     Date:  2008-07-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Western journal of nursing research     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0193-9459     ISO Abbreviation:  West J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-21     Completed Date:  2009-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905435     Medline TA:  West J Nurs Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  915-27     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Far East College.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue
Age Factors
Body Mass Index
Bone Density
Breathing Exercises*
Chi-Square Distribution
Clinical Nursing Research
Hand Strength
Middle Aged
Physical Endurance
Physical Fitness*
Treatment Outcome
Waist-Hip Ratio

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