Effect of Aerobic Training on Exercise Capacity and Quality of Life in Middle Aged Obese Fishermen:a Comparative Study
Keywords:Fishermen,Obesity,Overweight,Aerobic training,Free active exercises,6MWD,SF36.
Background: Fishermen have risk conditions like obesity due to high amount of food intake and relatively
sedentary work type.Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may
impair health and reduce functional exercise capacity and Quality of life.In this study effort is taken to find
optimal physiotherapy intervention for middle aged obese fishermen.
Method: 72 Subjects participated for study.2 of them did not come for the follow up.Remaining 70 subjects
which were screened for 6MWD and SF36 scores and were put in either of the two groups.Group A received
Free active exercises and Group B received Aerobic training.Interventions were carried out for a period of 6
weeks(3 times / week).The post treatment improvement was noted with the outcome measures.
Results: The results showed very significant difference between the groups on 6MWD,Group
B(experimental)showing better improvement than Group A(Control).(p=0.0047).Also extremely significant
difference(p>0.0001)was noted on all the 8 domains of SF36 within both the groups and no significant
difference between the groups post intervention.
Conclusion:We found that Aerobic training showed better effect on exercise capacity in middle aged
obese fishermen.And Quality of life improved significantly with Aerobic training and also with Free active