The Effect of Danhak Exercise on Obesity and Blood Lipoprotein Profiles in Older Women

단학 운동이 고령 여성의 비만 및 혈액 지단백질에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Jong-Hyun (Dept. of Food Science, Changwon College) ;
  • Ha, Aew-Ha (Dept. of Food & Nutrition/Health Sciences Research Institution, College of Health Sciences, Korea University)
  • 김종현 (창원전문대학 식품과학부) ;
  • 하애화 (고려대학교 보건과학대학 식품영양학과/자연과학연구소)
  • Published : 2009.12.31

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine changes in body composition and blood lipids and to analyze the effects of Danhak exercise for 3 months in older women. For this study, 35 female subjects 60 to 70 years of age were recruited and administered 90 min of Danhak exercise, five times per week for three months by a professional coach. The results of this study were as follows: At baseline, the mean BMI(body mass index) and body fat(%) were 23.9 kg/$(m)^2$ and 32.4$\pm$4.9(%), respectively. The mean WHR(waist-hip ratio) was 0.91$\pm$0.04 and all subjects were determined to be abdominally obese. A significantly lower body fat was observed after 3 months of Danhak exercise(p<0.05). However, there were no significant differences in BMI, WHR or body weight before and after exercise. Danhak exercise also resulted in a decrease in total cholesterol and an increase in HDL(high density lipoprotein, and these differences were significant. Taken together, the results of this study indicate that the effects of Danhak exercise were similar to those of aerobic exercise with respect to improve body fat(%) and blood lipid profiles, which suggests that Danhak is a profitable exercise for individuals aged 60 and over.

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