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Qigong exercise with concentration predicts increased health.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, ISSN 0192-415X, Vol. 34, no 6, 949-957 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Regular physical activity has many positive health effects. Despite this, approximately 50% of all adults are not exercising enough to enjoy better health and may, therefore, need an alternative to vigorous physical exercise. Qigong offers a gentle way to exercise the body. A questionnaire sample of 253 participants was collected and correlations with the variable health-now were analyzed. Results showed that health-now was positively correlated with number of completed qigong courses (p < 0.05), with level of concentration (p < 0.01), session-time (p < 0.01), and years of practice (p < 0.05). Among these variables, concentration predicts an increased feeling of health (R2 = 0.092). Qigong exercise thereby seems to offer a viable alternative to other more vigorous physical activities when wellness is the primary goal. When interpreted using self-determination theory, qigong seems to satisfy needs related to autonomy, competence and relatedness, thereby, primarily attracting individuals who are intrinsically motivated.

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2006. Vol. 34, no 6, 949-957 p.
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Biyun, exercise, intrinsic motivation, qigong, concentration, wellness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19418OAI: diva2:185942
Available from: 2007-11-12 Created: 2007-11-12 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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