Benefits of regular exercise on body composition and cardio-respiratory function in ex-servicemen residing in the tropics

Leicht, A., Kerr, R., and Spinks, W. (2004) Benefits of regular exercise on body composition and cardio-respiratory function in ex-servicemen residing in the tropics. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: 2004 Australian conference of science and medicine in sport: hot topics from the Red Centre (7(4) Supplement), p. 11. From: 2004ACSMS: 2004 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport: Hot topics from the Red Centre, 6-9 October 2004, Alice Springs, Australia.

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Abstract

Typically the health and quality of life exhibited by Australian ex-servicemen resident in the tropics is poor. The current study examined the effects of regular exercise on body composition and cardio-respiratory function of ex-servicemen who served in varying theatres of conflict. One hundred and twenty three Australian ex-servicemen (mean age 54.2, range 28-77 yrs; height 1.75 0.63 m; mass 95.80 1.67 kg) currently residing in the tropics (North Queensland region) volunteered for this study. All participants received medical clearance from their general practitioner prior to undertaking a 6-month regular exercise programme. Cardio-respiratory and anthropometry measurements were obtained prior to and following the exercise programme. The exercise programme consisted of combined aerobic and resistance training of at least 45 minutes duration, 1 to 2 days per week. Approximately 84% of the participants completed the programme with 73.2% undertaking 1-2 sessions per week while 26.8% completed more than 2 sessions per week. Paired t-test analysis indicated significant (p<0.05) changes in resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure, all skinfold measurements, waist and hip girths, exercise heart rates and VO2max. Regular exercise of at least 1-2 sessions per week for 6 months significantly improved the body composition and cardio-respiratory function of Australian ex-servicemen residing in tropical North Queensland.

Item ID: 15973
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: veterans, exercise capacity
ISBN: 978-1-875334-10-0
ISSN: 1440-2440
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 05:42
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 70%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 100%
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