Effects of 8 week aerobic exercise on body image flexibility among non-athlete women
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1PHD student in Motor Behaviour, Science & Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
2Yadegar-e-Imam Khomeini (RAH) Shahr-e Rey Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran,Iran
3Assistant Prof. in Motor Behaviour, Science & Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Abstract
Introduction: Body image flexibility is defined as the capacity to experience the ongoing perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts, and beliefs associated with one’s body. body image flexibility reflects openly engaging painful or unwanted thoughts and emotions regarding one’s body size, shape or weight with mindful acceptance in the service of maintaining motivation to pursue and attain values-driven goals. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of 8 weeks of aerobic exercises on body image flexibility on non-athlete women.
Methodology: The research method was semi experimental, have pretest, posttest with control group. Participants were 30 non-athlete women (age=22.5±2.5) who were randomly divided into two groups: experimental group (n=15) and control group (n=15). Before and after 8 weeks of aerobic exercises, participants completed Body Image Flexibility Questionnaire (BI-AAQ). The participants ran on treadmill for 8 weeks of aerobic exercise at the speed of 55 to 75 percent of maximum heart rate.
Results: The two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that the main effect of time on physical image flexibility is significant (F(27,1)=16.5, p=0.000, n2=0.38). Also, the main effect of the exercise is significant on the amount of flexibility of the body image (F(27,1)=12.28, p=0.002, n2=0.31). Eventually the interactive effect of exercise and time is significant on the amount of flexibility of the body image (F(27,1)=16.2, p=0.000, n2=0.37). Also, results showed that 8 weeks of aerobic exercises increase body image flexibility.
Discussion: Participants reported more positive body image flexibility after intervention compared to the control group and also had a significant improvement in body image flexibility scores following an exercise intervention. We concluded that activity was related with enhanced body image flexibility. Especially aerobic exercises increase body image flexibility.
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