The effects of 25 minutes STAxercise on flexibility and agility/balance tests in elderly men

Mazlan Ismail

Abstract


This study was done to determine the effects of 25 minutes continuous active stretching (STAxercise) on flexibility and agility/ balance tests. The experimental research design was used and participants consist of 20 sedentary male aged 60 to 64 years, who participated in this study having different weight and height. All participants took part in the “Healthy Generation Program” in Petaling Jaya in 2016. They were engaged three times per week for 24 weeks of STAxercise interventions. All participants completed the tests (i.e. flexibility & agility / dynamic balance) before and after the intervention. The results showed that the participants had increased in inches in terms of flexibility and reduced in time agility - dynamic balance after 24 week s of intervention. The present study recommends 25 minutes continuous active stretching – based exercise (STAxercise) as another approach for elderly people to practice at home. Future research needs to investigate the effectiveness of STAxercise with different modes of exercises other than the effects on psychological states of the participants.


Keywords


Active stretching, STAxercise, Flexibility, Agility, Balance, Elderly

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15282/mohe.v8i2.387