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Can a Single Session of a Community-Based Group Exercise Program Combining Step Aerobics and Bodyweight Resistance Exercise Acutely Reduce Blood Pressure?


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This study aimed to analyze the acute effects of a single session of a community-based group exercise program combining step aerobics and bodyweight resistance exercise on blood pressure in healthy young adult women. Twentythree healthy young adult women (aged 31.57 ± 7.87 years) participated in two experimental sessions (exercise and control) in a crossover study design. Blood pressure was monitored before, immediately after and at 10, 20 and 30 min of recovery. The exercise session consisted of four phases: 1) a warm-up (5 min of dance aerobics); 2) aerobic exercise training (30 min of step aerobics); 3) resistance exercise training (six sets of 12 repetitions of three bodyweight exercises in a circuit mode, 10 min); and 4) a cool-down (5 min of breathing and flexibility exercises); totaling 50 min of duration. Systolic blood pressure after exercise was significantly lower compared to control at the 10th min (-10.83 ± 2.13 vs. -2.6 ± 2.13 mmHg; p = 0.009), 20th min (-11.26 ± 2.13 vs. -3.04 ± 2.13 mmHg; p = 0.009) and 30th min of recovery (-10.87 ± 2.39 vs. -0.48 ± 2.39 mmHg; p = 0.004). A single session of a community-based group exercise program combining step aerobics and bodyweight resistance exercise was effective in inducing significant post-exercise hypotension in healthy young adult women. This type of low-cost exercise interventions may have an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and in community health promotion.









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  • Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development; Portugal.
  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro; Vila Real, Portugal
  • Centro de Investigação em Desporto, Saúde e Desenvolvimento Humano Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Edifício Ciências do Desporto - Quinta de Prados 5001-801 Vila Real – PORTUGAL Phone: +351 259 350 000 Fax: +351 259 350 480
  • Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development; Portugal
  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro; Vila Real, Portugal.
  • Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development; Portugal
  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro; Vila Real, Portugal.
  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro; Vila Real, Portugal.
  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro; Vila Real, Portugal.
  • Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development; Portugal
  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro; Vila Real, Portugal.


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