Efficacy of Pilates exercise on health related fitness among overweight women
Author(s): Dr. PK Senthilkumar
Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of Pilates exercise on health related fitness among overweight women. To achieve the purpose of the study thirty six overweight women were randomly selected as subjects and their age ranged between 30 to 35 years. They were divided into two groups. Group I acted as Pilates Exercise group (n=18), and Group II acted as control group (n=18). The experimental groups participated in the Pilates Exercise three days per week for a period of ten weeks. The subjects of the control group participated on their routine activities. To assess the cardiorespiratory fitness used Queens College step test and to measure Hip Range of Motionsit-and-reach test were used. The pre and post-test were conducted on cardiorespiratory endurance and flexibility of both experimental and control groups. The collected data were analyzed by using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The results revealed that there was a significant improvement on Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Hip Range of Motion. It was concluded that Pilates exercise is produced greater impact on Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Hip Range of Motion among Middle aged Women.