The Need For Structured Exercise Programme In The Improvement Of Physical Fitness Level In Rehabilitated Female Drug Addicts.
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Health related fitness is a state characterized by an ability to perform daily activities with vigor, and demonstration of traits and capacities that are associated with low risk development of hypokinetic diseases (McGlynn,1993). Hypokinetic diseases are associated with sedentary life style. In the opinion of Getchell, Pippin and Varnes (1987) sedentary living and habits are not compatible with the design of human body, since the muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems were designed specifically for regular ,.movements. Depriving the body of regular vigorous movement or exercise can cause these systems to degenerate. Another major factor responsible for degeneration of various systems of the human body is drug addiction. Addiction is seen as the continuing, uncontrolled, and explosive use of a drug, which will not only induce intoxication, but also cause excitation, hyperactivity, euphoria and insomia. Physical and psychological dependence on stimulants have rendered many drug addicts useless as far as subsequent productive activities are concerned and in this case females are victims. Research has indicated that exercise brings about changes in health related fitness parameters of sedentary individuals (Thaxon, 1988). Otinwa (1996) also reported significant positive changes in the health related fitness variables of rehabilitated sedentary male drug addicts following 12 week structured exercise programmes in the improvement of physical fitness level of rehabilitated female drug addicts, which might have implications for theaddicts' integration into normal living.
Physical Fitness , Drug Addicts
Otinwa,G.(1999) The Need For Structured Exercise Programme In The Improvement Of Physical Fitness Level In Rehabilitated Female Drug Addicts. Being A Paper Presented At The TWOWS Second General Assembly And International Conference On Women, Science And Technology For Sustainable Human Development At Education Building University Of Cape Town, South Africa.