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The Baduanjin Qigong Promotes Physical Fitness and Health

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August 15, 2014 -
A recent Chinese study published by Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine assessed the efficacy of a 16-week Baduanjin Qigong training intervention in promoting physical fitness and health for adults. An experimental design was adopted, and subjects were assigned randomly into an experimental group and a control group, with 55 participants in each group.

In the intervention group comprised of adults, there were no significant variations in blood glucose, blood lipid, blood pressure, heart rate variability, and vital capacity indices. The body weight and body mass index (BMI) dropped in the intervention group. Compared with the control group, the skinfold thickness decreased at lower corner of scapula, triceps brachii, and abdomen, with a statistical significance.

By comparing the physical fitness indices, it was found that the increase of the results of sit-and-reach test in the intervention group had statistical significance. In conclusion, it was found by our trial that Baduanjin exercise could significantly improve the physical flexibility and subcutaneous adipose accumulation in the healthy adults.

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