Title

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

RIS ID

111381

Publication Details

Noradechanunt, C., Worsley, A. & Groeller, H. (2017). Thai Yoga improves physical function and well-being in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20 (5), 494-501.

Abstract

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 90. min 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.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2016.10.007