How Qigong May Impact Body Composition of Aging Adults
August 19, 2016 -
Aging causes various changes in
body composition, which are critical implications for health and physical
functioning in aging adults. A recent study from Taiwan, published by
Western journal of nursing research
explored the body composition outcomes of a Qigong program among
community-dwelling aging adults.
This was a quasi-experimental
study in which 90 participants were recruited. Forty-eight participants
(experimental group) attended a 30-min Qigong program 3 times per week for 12
weeks, whereas 42 participants (control group) continued performing their usual
daily activities. The experimental group achieved a greater reduction in the fat
mass percentage at the posttest, and exhibited increased fat-free mass, lean
body mass percentage, and lean body mass to fat mass ratio compared with the
controls. No difference between the two groups in body mass index, fat mass and
lean body mass was observed.
These results indicated that the qigong intervention showed
beneficial outcomes of body composition among community-dwelling aging adults.