Exercise Frequency and Physical Fitness in Women
Dr. Gulsah Sahin, Turkan Sogutcu, Dr. M.Kamil Ozer

Background: The advancement of technology has reduced people’s energy consumption levels. Some precautions have been taken for certain age groups, nonetheless there are a few researches about how the conditions of middle-aged women are. The aim of this study was to determine the physical fitness levels of women living in Canakkale province and to find out the differences between those women in accordance with exercise frequency. Methods: This research, which 53 voluntary, healthy and premenopausal women attended, was completed in 2010-2011. For the research, questionnaire of physical activity, waist and hip circumference measurement, biceps, triceps, subscapula, suprailiac skinfold thickness measurements, resting metabolic rate, 6 min walk test, sit and reach test and sit-to-stand on a chair test were applied, descriptive statistics of all variables were shown as the mean ± SD, and independent samples test was used to compare the means of two independent groups. Results: The average number of sit-to-stand for the active women was 19.33 ± 5.92 repeat whereas it was 15.63 ± 4.29 repeat for the non-active women. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant (p<0.05) (p=0.007). Conclusion: Regular physical activity at least one day in a week affects the changing rate in physical fitness fewer.

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