SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.17 issue5Blood pressure after supervised physical exercise program in elderly women with hypertensionApplicability of activities of daily living tests in individuals with heart failure author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

Print version ISSN 1517-8692

Abstract

GUIMARAES, Adriana Coutinho de Azevedo  and  BAPTISTA, Fátima. Habitual physical activity and quality of life of middle-aged women. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.5, pp. 305-309. ISSN 1517-8692.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922011000500002.

OBJECTIVE: To assess associations between of regular physical activity (PA) and quality of life (QL) in middle age women. METHODS: 1011 female subjects, aged 45-59, took part in the research, considering 370 peri-menopausal and 641 post-menopausal, within the body mass index (BMI) 25±4 kg/m2 and schooling average 1-13 years. The QL was evaluated by the WHOQOL, and the PA through the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. RESULTS: After dividing the sample into three groups according to the practice of total PA (A: <30 min/day; B: 30-60 min/day, C:> 60 min/day), analysis of variance adjusted for BMI and menopausal status (peri vs. postmenopause) showed differences in QL between groups A, B and group C in the physical domain and between group A and group B, C in psychological, social and environmental domains (p≤0.001). CONCLUSION: The accumulation of 30 min/day of total PA seems to be associated with more favorable effects on the psychological, social and environmental domains; however, it seems that at least 60 min/day are necessary to act on the physical domain. Nevertheless, such associations may reflect the impact of QL in the total amount of PA. Thus, the PA practice 30 min/day may be more conditioned by the psychological, social and environmental domains while the practice of 60 min/day by the physical domain.

Keywords : physical activity; women; perimenopause; postmenopause.

        · abstract in Portuguese     · text in English | Portuguese     · pdf in English | Portuguese