DANCE AND WALKING: TOWARDS RESURGENCE TO HEALTHY LIFE DURING COVID LOCKDOWN
Keywords:Resting Heartrate, BMI, VO2 max, Bharathanatyam
Health is important asset for human kind. And non-impact exercise can really advisable to promote cardiac health during the Covid-19 lockdown. The purpose of this study was to find out the effect of dance and walking exercise on Resting Heartrate (RHR), VO2 max and Body Mass Index (BMI). To achieve the purpose forty-five females (mean age was 30 ± 1.3 years, BMI 26.37 ± 1.36) were purposively selected and divided in to Bharathanatyam dance group (BD. n=15), Health related walkers (HW, n=15) and Control Group (n=15) from Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Bharathanatyam (BD) dancers had been dancing 90 to 120 min per day; 3 days per week over a period of minimum 12 weeks. and health walkers were walking 40-60 min (Covers 4-5 KM) /3 time / week/over the period of 12 weeks. Data were collected on resting heart rate (RHR) using Palpating the radial artery for full one minute for each subject, VO2 max by Queen’s step test [McArdle et al. (1972)] and BMI by Adolphe quetelet formula. Each test conducted on one day after another day. The collected data were subjected to statistical treatment using paired sample ‘’t’’ test to find out the training effect. In all the cases 0.05 level of confidence was fixed to test the significance, which was considered as appropriate. The result shows that Bharathanatyam Dancers and walking exercise are positively influence on RHR, VO2 max and BMI. Hence it was concluded that, less impact physical activity such as bharathanatyam dance and walking are best choice to maintain safest health status during covid lockdown.
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