Effect of Qigong on Cognitive Function, Blood pressure and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Healthy Middle-aged Adults
September 22, 2017 -
A new Austrian study conducted by University of Innsbruck investigated effects of Qigong exercise on cognitive function, blood pressure and cardiorespiratory fitness in healthy middle-aged adults.
Study part 1 examined the effects of Qigong exercise in 12 subjects (5 males, 7 females, ages ranging from 45 to 59 year old) who performed Qigong for 8 weeks (60min sessions, 3 times/week). Study part 2 evaluated the detraining effects 12 weeks after cessation of Qigong. Cognitive function (Digit Span Forward and Backward Test, Trail Making Tests part A and B), blood pressure, and exercise performance were determined at baseline, immediately after the training program, and after the detraining period.
Qigong exercise showed a significant improvement of Trail Making Tests part A, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and maximal workload. Twelve weeks after cessation, Trail Making Tests part A, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and maximal workload had returned to baseline.
Conclusion: these results suggest that Qigong exercise effectively improved attention, brain processing speed, blood pressure and maximal workload. However, these improvements disappeared 12 weeks after cessation of Qigong. Consequently, performing Qigong regularly is important to maintain related health effects.
These findings are reported in the latest issue of Complementary therapies in medicine.