Thai Yoga improves physical function and well-being in older adults: a randomised controlled trial

Noradechanunt, Chaiya, Worsley, Anthony and Groeller, Herbert 2017, Thai Yoga improves physical function and well-being in older adults: a randomised controlled trial, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 494-501, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.10.007.

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Title Thai Yoga improves physical function and well-being in older adults: a randomised controlled trial
Author(s) Noradechanunt, Chaiya
Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony
Groeller, Herbert
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 20
Issue number 5
Start page 494
End page 501
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Chatswood, N.S.W.
Publication date 2017-05
ISSN 1440-2440
Keyword(s) Thai Yoga
Tai Chi
quality of life
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Sport Sciences
Summary OBJECTIVES: 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.

DESIGN: This study used a randomised, multi-arm, controlled trial design.

METHODS: 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.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that older adults can make significant improvements in their health and well-being by engaging in low intensity Thai Yoga exercise.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.10.007
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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