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Revista de Salud Pública

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POLICARPO BARBOSA, Fernando; VALDIVIA-MORAL, Pedro; MEDEIROS DO NASCIMENTO, Marcos A  and  FERNANDES FILHO, José. Effects of physical activity on women's morphology. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.3, pp.404-411. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v18n3.37516.

Objective To analyze the effect of 12 weeks of physical activity on the morphology of the women enrolled in the Family Health Program in the city of Patos, Paraíba, Brazil. During these weeks, different physical activity programs were applied. Methods A quasi-experimental study, in which 28 women were analyzed. All were volunteers, aged between 42 and 56 years and divided into groups: G1 (n=15, recreational activities) and G2 (n=13, dance activities). For data analysis, the Student t-test for independent samples was used with a significance level of p<0.05. Results The comparison of body composition variables showed no difference between the two groups. However, when the pre- and post-exercise moments are compared, it is seen that the two different physical activity programs produce significant changes in the morphology of women. Conclusion The results indicate that the applied physical activity programs produce significant changes in the morphology of women. On the other hand, we consider that the comparison between a physical exercise program and recreational physical activity program and their effects on the morphology of women could be good.

Keywords : Quality of life; women; motor activity; body composition.

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