Tai Chi and Zumba Gold®: An alternative to motivate elderly in doing physical activity.

  • Nor Fadila Kasim School of Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Sarah Aldred School of Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jet Veldhuijzen Van Zanten School of Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Keywords: Tai Chi, Zumba Gold(R), elderly

Abstract

Elderly population are at risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, loss of physical and functional fitness and any other health conditions related to ageing. Research has shown that, adherence to physical activity can help to reduce and control the prevalence of this diseases. However, as age increased, the tendency of elderly population to involve in physical activity decreased, and will continue decreasing as the age increased. Most of elderly population claimed that their motivation to involve in physical activity was low due to the several factors which includes; feeling fear that they will fall, their body will be in pain, too old to do exercise, no fun elements and no time to do exercise. Therefore, it is important to find a suitable exercise program for this aged group which will interest them to participate and at the same time will be beneficial to their health.  In this paper, we will look on two possible exercise programs which have the elements of safety and not too vigorous to be done by this age group which are Tai Chi and Zumba Gold®.

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Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Kasim, N. F., Aldred, S., & Van Zanten, J. V. (2020). Tai Chi and Zumba Gold®: An alternative to motivate elderly in doing physical activity. Jurnal Sains Sukan & Pendidikan Jasmani, 9(1), 62-69. https://doi.org/10.37134/jsspj.vol9.1.7.2020