Muscle/Tendon Change Classic (MTCC) Qigong is an exercise featured with slow movements involving many body parts but not very complicated to practice. It has been found beneficial for the middle-aged and older population. Researchers studied the results of the MTCC Qigong training on physical conditions among middle-aged women (Tsai et al., 2008).
In the study, the experimental group had 37 participants with the average age about 49 years (Tsai et al., 2008). They received an 8-week MTCC qigong training. The researchers measured and compared the physiological variables including muscular performance, body composition, and bone strength before and after the Qigong practice.
The researchers observed remarkable differences between the Qigong and control groups in the variables including muscular endurance, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index (BMI) (Tsai et al., 2008). The study showed that the MTCC qigong training could benefit muscle endurance and body composition, but not bone strength among middle-aged women.
The study suggests that the Qigong practice may help improve the health conditions among the group of population (Tsai et al., 2008). It would be also interesting to examine the possible effects of such Qigong practices on mental health.
Tsai, Y. K., Chen, H. H., et al. (2008) Qigong improving physical status in middle-aged women. West J Nurs Res 30, 915-927.