IMPACT OF AEROBIC EXERCISE PROGRAMME ON THE HEALTH-RELATED FITNESS COMPONENTS OF SENIOR CITIZENS IN LAGOS STATE
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Salami, B. E
Department of human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos.
The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of aerobic exercise programme on the healthrelated fitness components of senior citizens in Lagos state. An experimental research design was adopted in carrying out this research. The population comprised senior citizens living in one of the Old People's Homes in Lagos state.Twenty (20) participants who gave their consent participated in the study. Two group pre-test post-test research design was adopted in the study. They were experimental and control group. Pre-test post-test measures were carried out on their resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, body mass index, handgrip strength, and knee flexibility. The experimental group went through aerobic exercise programme for a period of eight weeks, while the control group was not involved in any form of exercise. Standardized test and instruments were used in data collection and data was analyzed using the descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation with graphical illustrations while the hypotheses were tested using the inferential statistics of independent sample t-test at a 0.05 level of significance. Four hypotheses were tested and results indicated that aerobic exercise programme have no significant effect on the resting heart rate, body mass index, handgrip strength, and knee flexibility of senior citizens in Lagos state. The study hereby recommends that older individuals engage in aerobic exercises at least twice per week as a more effective tool for keeping fit and staying healthy.
Aerobic Exercise Programme , Health Related Fitness Components , Impact , Senior Citizens
Otinwa, G. O. & Salami, B. E. (2018). Impact of aerobic exercise programme on the health-related fitness components of senior citizens in Lagos State. Journal of Research and Contemporary Issues in Human Kinetics and Health Education, 4(1), 168-174