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Healthcare 2015, 3(3), 796-808;

Acute Cardiovascular Response to Sign Chi Do Exercise

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1100 North Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma, OK 73117, USA
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Academic Editors: Tracey Yap and Melissa Batchelor-Murphy
Received: 29 June 2015 / Accepted: 24 August 2015 / Published: 28 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
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Safe and gentle exercise may be important for older adults overcoming a sedentary lifestyle. Sign Chi Do (SCD), a novel form of low impact exercise, has shown improved balance and endurance in healthy older adults, and there have been no SCD-related injuries reported. Sedentary older adults are known to have a greater cardiovascular (CV) response to physical activity than those who regularly exercise. However their CV response to SCD is unknown. This study explored the acute CV response of older adults to SCD. Cross-sectional study of 34 sedentary and moderately active adults over age 55 with no previous experience practicing SCD. Participants completed a 10 min session of SCD. CV outcomes of heart rate, blood pressure, rate pressure product were recorded at 0, 5, 10 min of SCD performance, and after 10 min of rest. HR was recorded every minute. There was no difference in CV scores of sedentary and moderately active older adults after a session of SCD-related activity. All CV scores increased at 5 min, were maintained at 10 min, and returned to baseline within 10 min post SCD (p < 0.05). SCD may be a safe way to increase participation in regular exercise by sedentary older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: exercise; older adults; blood pressure; heart rate; sedentary lifestyle; cross-sectional studies exercise; older adults; blood pressure; heart rate; sedentary lifestyle; cross-sectional studies
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Rogers, C.E.; Carlson, J.; Garver, K. Acute Cardiovascular Response to Sign Chi Do Exercise. Healthcare 2015, 3, 796-808.

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