The effect of baduanjin on promoting the physical fitness and health of adults.

Author: Li R1, Jin L2, Hong P1, He ZH1, Huang CY1, Zhao JX1, Wang M1, Tian Y1.
Affiliation: 1China Institute of Sport Science, Beijing 100061, China. 2Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, Wuhan, China.
Conference/Journal: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.
Date published: 2014
Other: Volume ID: 2014 , Pages: 784059 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1155/2014/784059 , Word Count: 162

The purpose of study was to assess 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 (n = 55) and a control group (n = 55). 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 thicknesses decreased at lower corner of scapula, triceps brachii, and abdomen, with a statistical significance (P < 0.001; P = 0.005; P = 0.003). 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 (P = 0.001). 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.
PMID: 25050127