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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-15

Comparison of the Effect of Two Modes of Tri-Weekly Exercise Regimen on Cardiovascular Endurance in Normotensive Subjects

1 Department of Physiotherapy College of Medicine, Nigeria
2 Jon-Ken Hospital, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria

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Objective: This study was carried out to determine whether exercising on consecutive or alternate days would result in better function of the cardiovascular parameters, most especially in terms of endurance and performance level of a normotensive individual. The study compared the consecutive day's mode of exercise regimen against the established mode of alternate days of therapeutic exercise. Methods: Thirty (30) subjects were randomly divided into two groups of fifteen subjects. The subjects were subjected to same form of therapeutic exercise at same frequency, intensity and duration, but on different day protocol. Outcome measures assessment was done through Pre and Post exercise training evaluation and measurement of cardiovascular parameters such as Resting Heart Rate (RHR), Resting Blood Pressure (RBP), Resting Rate Pressure Product (RRPP) and Aerobic Capacity (VO2 max). Results: Findings from the study, using descriptive statistics of means, standard deviation and inferential statistics of student t-test, were consistent with established effects of exercise on cardiovascular parameters. The analysis did not establish any significant difference on the cardiovascular variables between the two modes of tri-weekly exercise regimen on the subjects post training. Conclusion: This study did not establish a significant difference between consecutive and alternative days of exercise regimen on cardiovascular endurance. However, the study suggests that planning of an adequate and comprehensive exercise programme for enhancement of cardiovascular function should be based on empirical standard of intensity, duration and frequency of exercise and not on whether it is consecutively or alternate day's regimen.

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