Effects of group exercise
on functional abilities: Differences between physically active and physically inactive women.
J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2018 Mar 30;:
Authors: Cokorilo N, Mikalacki M, Satara G, Cvetkovic M, Marinkovic D, Zvekic-Svorcan J, Obradovic B
BACKGROUND: Aerobic exercises
can have a positive effect on functional and motor skills of an exerciser, their health, as well as an aesthetic and socio-psychological component.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effects of reactive exercising in a group on functional capabilities in physically active and physically inactive women.
METHODS: A prospective study included 64 healthy women aged 40-60 years. The sample was divided into the experimental group (n= 36), i.e. physically active women who have been engaged in recreational group exercises at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and the control group (n= 28), which consisted of physically inactive women. All the participants were monitored using the same protocol before and after the implementation of the research. All women had their height, weight, body mass index measured as well as spiroergometric parameters determined according to the Bruce protocol.
RESULTS: A univariate analysis of variance has shown that there is a statistically significant difference between the experimental group and the control group in maximum speed, the total duration of the test, relative oxygen consumption, absolute oxygen consumption and ventilation during the final measurement. After the training intervention, the experimental group showed improvements in all the parameters analyzed compared with pretest values.
CONCLUSION: The recreational group exercise model significantly improves aerobic
capacity and functioning of the cardiovascular system. Therefore, it is essential for women to be involved more in any form of recreational group exercising in order to improve functional capacity and health.
PMID: 29660897 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]