The mean HR during Qigong and Tai Chi practice was 91 and 129, respectively. At the peak exercise and the ventilatory threshold (VeT), the Tai Chi group displayed the highest oxygen uptake (VO2), O2 pulse and work rate among the three groups. The Qigong group also showed higher oxygen uptake and O2 pulse than the control group. At the same relative exercise intensity, the Qigong group had the highest tidal volume among the three groups. In conclusion, Qigong and Tai Chi show a beneficial effect aerobic capacity in older individuals, but Tai Chi displays a better training effect than Qigong due to its higher exercise intensity. However, Qigong can enhance breathing efficiency during exercise due to the training effect of diaphragmatic breathing.
-- American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 32, 141-50
Effect Of Knee-protected Tai Chi Aerobic (KPTCA) For Community-dwelling Middle-aged Adults
National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
CONCLUSIONS: These results indicated that the KPTCA is effective in improving dynamic balance, lower extremity flexor strength, and aerobic capacity in community-dwelling middle-aged adults. These improvements may increase the ability of the middle-aged to face the physical challenge in the everyday life.
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