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Embrace Healthy Longevity with Qigong Exercise

Jun 27, 2024 #Older People

Discover the Power of Qigong for Older Adults

For older adults living in communities, finding alternative and complementary methods to improve healthy longevity and quality of life is essential. Qigong, a practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, offers a holistic approach to enhance psychological well-being, physical health, sleep quality, and overall life satisfaction.

A recent study conducted in South Korea and reported by the journal Holistic nursing practice explored the profound effects of Qigong therapy on older adults, revealing its potential as a powerful nursing intervention.

Study Overview

The study employed a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest control group design, involving 69 older adults aged 65 and above from a South Korean community. Participants were divided into an intervention group (34 people) and a control group (35 people).

Over a 10-week period, the intervention group engaged in Qigong therapy sessions twice a week, each lasting 50 minutes. These sessions were conducted in a comfortable and quiet environment, free from external noise, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the practice.

Key Findings

Psychological Well-Being

Qigong therapy significantly improved the psychological well-being of participants. The gentle movements and meditative aspects of Qigong help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Participants reported feeling more relaxed, happier, and more content with their lives, showcasing the mental health benefits of this ancient practice.

Physical Health State

The physical health of participants also saw notable improvements. Qigong’s slow, deliberate movements enhance flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. This can be particularly beneficial for older adults, helping them maintain independence and reducing the risk of falls and injuries.

The study highlighted significant enhancements in the physical health state of those practicing Qigong.

Sleep State

Quality sleep is crucial for overall well-being, and the study found that Qigong therapy positively impacted participants’ sleep states. The calming effects of Qigong promote relaxation, making it easier for individuals to fall asleep and enjoy restful, uninterrupted sleep. Improved sleep quality contributes to better daytime functioning and a higher quality of life.

Life Satisfaction

Life satisfaction is a key indicator of overall well-being, and participants practicing Qigong reported increased satisfaction with their lives. The holistic nature of Qigong, addressing both mind and body, fosters a sense of fulfillment and purpose. This enhanced life satisfaction underscores the transformative potential of Qigong for older adults.

Conclusion

This study suggests that Qigong therapy is an effective intervention for improving the psychological well-being, physical health, sleep state, and life satisfaction of older adults living in the community.

By incorporating Qigong into their routines, older adults can embrace a holistic approach to healthy aging, enhancing their longevity and quality of life.

By Tai Chi