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Background: The number of aging population has been increased globally, including Thailand. As populations ages, their physiologically changes, resulting in discomfort, decreased balance, and risk of falls.
Objectives: To investigate the results of applying traditional Isan exercise on body balance blood pressure and heart rate among the elderly in a community.
Methods: This quasi-experimental study was conducted with the elderly living in a community in Khon Kaen. The study population was divided into two groups of 40 people each: the experimental group and the control group. The experimental group participated in the physical training for three months, while the control group continued their daily life without participating in the program. Pre and post-experimental data were collected using the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG), Functional Reach Test (FRT), paired t-test and independent t-test with a statistical significance (p < .05).
Results: The experimental group showed improved TUG with 2.09 seconds faster (95%CI = 0.89 to 3.30) and improved FRT (95%CI = 3.70 to 6.25) with 4.98 centimeters longer, which were statistically significantly (p <.05) different from those of the counter group.
Conclusion: The application of traditional Isan exercise could improve the body balance of the elderly and reduced blood pressure and heart rate.
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