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Effects of aqua aerobics on body composition, body mass, lipid profile, and blood count in middle-aged sedentary women

Joanna Kantyka
,
Damian Herman
,
Robert Roczniok
,
Lidia Kuba

Online publish date: 2018/03/16
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Purpose
The aim of the present investigations was to determine the effects of aqua aerobics on body weight and composition, lipid profile, and selected blood count parameters in middle-aged sedentary females.

Methods
Twenty-one women were randomly assigned to an experimental group (age 56.20 ± 2.57 years, height 162.80 ± 4.76 cm, weight 74.03 ± 3.84 kg) that participated in aqua aerobics classes three times a week for three months and a control group (mean age 56.44 ± 3.28 years, height 165.00 ± 3.91 cm, weight 70.01 ± 11.36 kg) not involved in any kind of targeted exercise. The aqua aerobics classes were tailored to suit the age and abilities of the participants, with workout intensity controlled and maintained at approximately 128–137 bpm.

Results
Significant differences between the experimental and control groups were found for body weight, total body water, fat-free mass, and skeletal muscle mass. A significant increase in post-intervention hemoglobin and erythrocyte counts was observed in theexperimental group.

Conclusions
Future studies should determine the intensity of physical activity with the most beneficial effect on blood variables in middle-aged and older individuals.

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body composition, lipid profile, blood count parameters, aqua aerobics, middle-aged female

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