Research: NORADECHANUNT and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

NORADECHANUNT and COLLEAGUES, 1. Centre for Human and Applied Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Australia; Sirindhorn College of Public Health Phitsanulok, Thailand; 2. Centre for Physical Activity & Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Australia; 3. Centre for Human and Applied Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Australia.  hgroell@uow.edu.au conducted a randomized, multi-arm, controlled trial to compare two 12-week low-intensity exercise regimens on components of physical function and quality of life in community-dwelling healthy yet sedentary adults aged over 60.

Background

Compare two 12-week low-intensity exercise regimens on components of physical function and quality of life in community-dwelling healthy yet sedentary adults aged over 60.

Methodology

Design: This study used a randomized, multi-arm, controlled trial design. Thirty-nine sedentary participants (29 women), aged 67.7±6.7 years were randomly allocated to either a 12-week Thai Yoga (TY) or Tai Chi (TC) for 90min twice per week, or telephone counselling Control (C). A Senior Fitness Test (chair-stand, arm-curl, sit-&-reach, back-scratch, 8-foot up-&-go and 6-min walk) and Short-Form 36 Health Survey, Centre for Epidemiological Studies of Depression, Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly and the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale were assessed at baseline, six, 12 weeks, and three months after the completion of the regimen.

Results

After 12 weeks, chair-stand (mean difference, 2.69; 95% CI, 0.97-4.41; P<0.001), arm-curl (2.23; 95% CI, 0.06-4.52; P=0.009), sit-&-reach (1.25; 95% CI, 0.03-2.53; P=0.013), back-scratch (2.00; 95% CI, 0.44-3.56; P=0.005), 8-foot up-&-go (-0.43; 95% CI, -0.85 to 0.01; P=0.013), 6-min walk (57.5; 95% CI, 20.93-94.07; P<0.001), vitality (13.27; 95% CI, 2.88-23.66; P=0.050) and enjoyment (7.96; 95% CI, 3.70-12.23; P=0.001) significantly improved in TY compared to C, however no change was observed in TC compared to C. TY improved in chair-stand (2.31; 95% CI, 0.59-4.03; P=0.007), sit-&-reach (1.38; 95% CI, 0.10-2.66; P=0.007), 6-min walk (32.31; 95% CI, -4.26-68.88; P=0.015), vitality (12.88; 95% CI, 2.50-23.27; P=0.040) and enjoyment (5.65; 95% CI, 1.39-9.92; P=0.010) compared to TC after 12 weeks.

Conclusion

The findings suggest that older adults can make significant improvements in their health and well-being by engaging in low intensity Thai Yoga exercise.

References

Noradechanunt C1, Worsley A2, Groeller H3. Thai Yoga improves physical function and well-being in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. J Sci Med Sport.; 20(5):494-501. May 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.10.007. Epub Oct 27 2016.

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