Changes in level of V O2max, blood lipids, and waist circumference in the response to moderate endurance training as a function of ovarian aging.

Hagner W, Hagner-Derengowska M, Wiacek M, Zubrzycki IZ

The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of moderate endurance training on a set of physiological parameters accompanying menopausal transition. One hundred sixty-eight women were divided into three subgroups: premenopausal, perimenopausal, and postmenopausal. A 12-week moderate intensity Nordic Walking program was administered to the cohort. The changes in body mass index (BMI), total fat mass (TF), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglycerides (TGs), and waist circumference (WC) were assessed by means of appropriate statistical methods.

Significant decreases in BMI, TF, LDL, TGs, and WC and increase in HDL in premenopausal and perimenopausal women indicate the outstanding role the appropriately chosen moderate endurance training may play in the quality of daily life in perimenopausal women.

Menopause. 2009 Mar 31, online ahead of print

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