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Clinics

Print version ISSN 1807-5932On-line version ISSN 1980-5322

Abstract

RICA, Roberta Luksevicius et al. Does resistance training improve body image satisfaction among the elderly? A cross-sectional study. Clinics [online]. 2018, vol.73, e290.  Epub Aug 02, 2018. ISSN 1807-5932.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6061/clinics/2018/e290.

OBJECTIVE:

This study aims to evaluate whether body image satisfaction improves with practice in resistance training in elderly women.

METHODS:

Forty women were selected and randomly divided into an untrained group (UN) group and a group trained in resistance exercises (RT). To evaluate body image satisfaction, the silhouette matching task was used.

RESULTS:

No differences were found between current (5.45±0.24) and ideal (4.7±0.12) silhouettes in the RT group. However, the UN group showed a significant difference (p<0.01) between current (10.4±0.43) and ideal (5.6±0.26) silhouettes. The current silhouette was significantly different between the UN and RT groups (p<0.002). However, the ideal silhouette value did not differ between them. Body satisfaction was present in 90% of the participants in the RT group, and the difference was 15% less than that in the UN group (x2 test, p<0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Resistance training in elderly women can promote satisfaction with their body image.

Keywords : Body Image; Aging; Resistance Training; Older Women.

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