Finding the Best Practice Duration for Qigong

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Qigong exercise has been found to have many psychological and physical benefits. However, it is not known how long it should be practiced for the best effects, i.e., the best durations. Researchers in Sweden studied the optimal time or length of Qigong practice (Johansson and Hassmen, 2008).

In the study, a total of 41 Qigong practitioners were involved in either 30 or 60 minutes of Qigong exercise (Johansson and Hassmen, 2008). The researchers examined the changes in mood, anxiety, activation, and hedonic tone before and after the practice.

They found that the two durations resulted in the same level of benefits including improved mood, decreased anxiety, and promoted perceived pleasure (Johansson and Hassmen, 2008). They concluded that 30 minutes of Qigong exercise was enough for achieving certain psychological benefits, while the 60 minute-training did not provide additional benefits remarkably.

This finding indicates that even short exercise trainings may provide psychological benefits (Johansson and Hassmen, 2008). It encourages those with little time or motivation for Qigong exercise to seek beneficial results even with a short period of practice.

Reference:

Johansson, M. and Hassmen, P. (2008) Acute psychological responses to Qigong exercise of varying durations. Am J Chin Med 36, 449-458.

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