Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: April | Volume: 3 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 46-50
Variables of Old Age Women Participating Morning Walk Regularly
Assistant Professor, State Institute of Physical Education for Women, Hastings House, 20B, Judges Court Road, Alipore, Kolkata-27, India.
Introduction: Old age person are now more health conscious and a numbers of them are participating exercise regularly. For them walking is an ideal exercise to maintain health and fitness.
Purpose: Present study was conducted to find out the anthropometric and physiological health status of middle aged women who participate walking regularly at morning.
Materials and Methods: A total of 17 old age women were agreed to take part in this study as volunteer. Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist to hip ratio (WHR) were considered as anthropometric health variables and Resting Heart Rate (RHR) and VO2 max was considered as physiological health variables in this study. Stadiometer, Weigh machine, steel tape, Stethoscope and Rockport 1-mile walk test were used as tools in this study. Mean and standard deviation were used as descriptive statistics. All calculations were done using standard statistical software.
Results: Result revealed that mean value for BMI (26.99 Kg/m2) and WHR (0.86) were slightly in overweight and obese zone. Result further revealed that the mean value of RHR (81.88 beats/min.) and VO2 max (25.36 ml.Kg-1.min-1) were in normal and healthy zone as per ACSM recommendation.
Conclusion: From above results it was concluded that regular participation in walking at morning is more helpful to achieve good physiological health status than the anthropometric health status among old age women.
Key words: Morning Walk, Anthropometric health, Physiological health, Regular exercise, VO2 max, Old age women.