Effects of walking on improving the quality of life of elderly women in Kermanshah

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Leila Farhadi 1 , * , Akram ahmadi barati 2 , Shaesteh Hasani 3 , Fereshteh Farhadi 4

1 Department of Corrective exercise and sport injuries, College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Razi University of Kermanshah, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Department of Corrective exercise and sport injuries, College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Tehran University Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Corrective exercise and sport injuries, College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Khorasgan University of Esfahan, Esfahan, Iran

4 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Medical Sciences of Kermanshah, Kermanshah, Iran

How to Cite: Farhadi L , ahmadi barati A , Hasani S , Farhadi F . Effects of walking on improving the quality of life of elderly women in Kermanshah, J Clin Res Paramed Sci. 2016 ; 5(3):e81512.

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Journal of Clinical Research in Paramedical Sciences: 5 (3); e81512
Published Online: October 10, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 12, 2015
Accepted: August 16, 2016

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Abstract

Introduction: Considering the specific needs of Ageing, it is important to attend to health promotion activities and quality of life in the elderly.  Therefore, the aim of this semi-experimental research was to evaluate the effect of walking on the mental health and quality of life of elderly women in Kermanshah city.

Methods: Subjects were 50 women aged 60 to 75 years that were selected by available sampling method. They were divided into two control and experimental groups of 25 persons. Duration of training for the experimental group included a continuous 30-minute walk with 50 to 75 percent of maximal heart rate, 3 times a week for 2 months. To determine the exercise intensity Rockport walk test based on heart rate was conducted. Statistical analysis of the data using descriptive statistics, t-test, Mann-Whitney and Chi-square tests were performed.

Results: The difference of mean level of life quality after exercise between the two groups was significant: a significant increase in the experimental group and no change in the control group.

Conclusion: : With regard to the relationship between walking and a rise in the general level of health condition and the quality life, we encourage women to do regular physical activity and walking in order to improving their quality of life, health, and preventing many chronic diseases.

Keywords

Walking quality of life elderly women

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