Qigong Improving Physical
Status in Middle-Aged Women
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.
Several researchers from Far East
College conducted a study to evaluate the effect of the MTCC qigong program in
improving physical status for middle-aged women. There were 71 women, with age
between 45 and 55, recruited to participate in this study: 37 of them were
assigned to the experimental group and received an 8-week MTCC qigong program,
whereas the other 34 were assigned to the control group and received no qigong
training. Physiological parameters of muscular performance, body composition,
and bone strength were measured before and after the program for comparison.
At the completion of 8-week MTCC qigong
program, there were statistically significant differences between the two
groups in muscular endurance, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass
index. 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.
study is published by Western Journal of
Nursing Research in July, 2008.