Authors

Rosa Arnau-Salvador*, Vicenç Hernández González*, **, #, Rafel Cirer-Sastre***, Francesc Corbi-Soler***, Alvaro de Pano-Rodríguez*, **, Joaquim Reverter-Masia*, **

Departments

University of Lleida (Spain) - **Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain - 3Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC), Lleida, Spain

Abstract

to physical activity after PA interventions. This study aimed to test the effectiveness of a long-term physical exercise programme in postmenopausal women. 

Methods: Longitudinal design. Thirty-two women participated in this study (age 61.6 years). At the beginning of the study, an evaluation of participants’ physical condition, adherence to the Mediterranean diet (AMD) and different biochemical parameters were performed. When the initial results were obtained, a PA intervention programme was conducted. Three months after the start of the intervention, all the previous parameters were reassessed, and 6 months after the end of the intervention, the parameters were revaluated. 

Results: In total, 90% of the women completed the programme. The intervention increases the level of PA and improves biochemical parameters. At 6 months after the end of the intervention, the positive effects of the PA programme were maintained, especially in agility (p<0.01) and resistance (p<0.000). 

Conclusions: Adherence to PA was observed after a physical exercise programme. For the entire study population, the exercise programme improved physical condition, and those indicators remained improved after 6 months. Additionally, increases in PA were associated with improvements in AMD.

Keywords

Postmenopausal women, physical activity, adherence, exercise intervention.

DOI:

10.19193/0393-6384_2020_3_300