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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2013;15(1):13-22.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15758/jkak.2013.15.1.13     Published online January 30, 2013.
The Effects of Qi-gong Exercise on Health-related Physical Fitness in Obese Middle-aged Women
Eun-Hyo Cho, Tae-Won Jun, Han-Kyo Seo, Hyun-Jung Shin, Wi-Young So, Byoung-Wook Yoo, June-Hong Kim
Seoul national university
Hanbuk University
Seoul Women
Korea Military Academy
Correspondence:  Tae-Won Jun,
Email: juntw@snu.ac.kr
Received: 2 September 2012   • Accepted: 19 January 2013
Abstract

INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Qi-gong exercise for 12 weeks on health-related physical fitness in obese middle-aged women.
METHOD
The subjects were 15 obese middle-aged women and they were randomly assigned into 2 groups (Control group, n=7; Exercise group, n=8). Anthropometry, blood pressure, and health-related physical fitness were measured before and after training. The exercise program was performed 2 times per week for 12 weeks.
RESULT
There were no significant differences in body composition between Control group and Exercise group(p>.05). However, muscle strength(knee extensor), flexibility were significantly improved in exercise group after 12 weeks(p<.05).
CONCLUSION
These findings suggest that this Qi-gong exercise is beneficial to reduce the loss of muscle strength and flexibility according to degenerative process in middle-aged women. Therefore this Qi-gong exercise could enhance health-relate physical fitness in obese middle-aged women.
Keywords: Qi-gong exercise, Obesity, Middle-aged women, Health-related physical fitness


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