Application of a very short aquaerobic programme (4 weeks) for the improvement of health-related fitness in young healthy women

José M. Saavedra García

Yolanda Escalante González

José Pino Ortega

Ernesto de la Cruz Sánchez

Ferran A. Rodríguez

*Corresponding author: José M. Saavedra García jsaavdra@unex.es

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Saavedra García, J. M., Escalante González, Y., Pino Ortega, J., de la Cruz Sánchez, E., & Rodríguez Guisado, F. A. (2006). Application of a very short aquaerobic programme (4 weeks) for the improvement of health-related fitness in young healthy women. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 86, 14-21.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a short-term conditioning aquatic program on the health-related fitness of apparently healthy women. Twenty-two assimptomatic women (20.56±SD0.98 years), all undergraduate students of physical activity and sports sciences but not involved in competitive sports, participated in the study. The subjects took part in a short-term aquatic fitness program (aquaerobic) consisting on eight 30-minute activity sessions. Their health-related physical fitness level was assessed immediately before and after the intervention. The results showed a decrease in fat body weight and an improvement in flexibility, hand grip strength, abdominal muscles endurance, balance, and estimated maximal aerobic power. We concluded that: a) a program of short-term aerobic physical activity in aquatic environment is effective for the loss of body fat, and b) also for the improvement of most health-related physical fitness components in apparently healthy women, particularly in strength, flexibility, and body balance.

Keywords: Balance, BMI, Flexibility, Strenght, WHR.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: October 1, 2006