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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 784059, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/784059
Research Article

The Effect of Baduanjin on Promoting the Physical Fitness and Health of Adults

1China Institute of Sport Science, Beijing 100061, China
2Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, Wuhan, China

Received 28 February 2014; Revised 10 June 2014; Accepted 10 June 2014; Published 23 June 2014

Academic Editor: Myeong Soo Lee

Copyright © 2014 Ran Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

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 () and a control group (). 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 (; ; ). 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 (). 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.