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J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Jan;28(1):213-7. doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.213. Epub 2016 Jan 30.

Effects of resistance exercise on cardiopulmonary factors in sedentary individuals.

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1
Research Center in Back, Neck, Other Joint Pain and Human Performance, Khon Kaen University, Thailand; Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.
2
Research Center in Back, Neck, Other Joint Pain and Human Performance, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.
3
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand; The Research and Training Center for Enhancing Quality of Life of Working-Age People, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Abstract

[Purpose] This study investigated the effects of resistance exercise on cardiopulmonary functions in young sedentary subjects. [Subjects] Forty-two young and healthy subjects with a sedentary lifestyle were included in this study. [Methods] The subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups: control and experimental. The control group (n=21) received health education and continued with normal activities of daily living. The experimental group (n=21) underwent resistance training, health education, and continued with normal activities of daily living. The resistance exercise program consisted of 3 postural exercises: chest press, dumbbell pullover, and flat-bench dumbbell fly. The subjects received this intervention 3 times/week for 8 weeks. [Results] The baseline characteristics were comparable between the 2 groups. The 6-minute-walk test score, peak expiratory flow, forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume in 1 second, maximal voluntary ventilation, and chest expansions were significantly improved post-intervention in the experimental group and between the 2 groups. [Conclusion] Cardiopulmonary functions in young sedentary subjects were significantly improved with the 8-week resistance exercise program.

KEYWORDS:

Lung function; Resistance exercise; Sedentary lifestyle

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