Evaluation of Rewind Yoga on Physical Function Outcomes in Older Adults: A Preliminary Study

Andrew I. Miller, Cheryl Der Ananian, Carrie Hensley, Heidi Ungar

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Abstract

Yoga is growing in popularity and has the potential to improve strength, flexibility, mobility, and balance in older adults. However, few yoga programs tailored to the unique needs of older adults exist. Rewind Yoga™ was created to address this gap and a pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the program on physical function parameters. Healthy, older adults (n = 16) residing in a retirement community (55 and older) enrolled in a study examining the effect of Rewind Yoga™ on strength, flexibility, dynamic balance, and endurance as measured by the Senior Fitness Test. A single group design (n = 14) with three repeated measures (baseline, 6 weeks, and 12 weeks) was used. Results from repeated measures analysis of variance indicated significant (P < 0.05) improvements in all measures of the Senior Fitness Test at 6 and 12 weeks. Rewind Yoga™ appears to improve flexibility, strength, dynamic balance, and muscular endurance in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jul 2 2017

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Keywords

  • Balance
  • elderly
  • falls
  • older adult
  • physical function
  • senior
  • senior fitness test
  • yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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