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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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Abstract

AVELAR, Laila Fernanda de Souza; OLIVEIRA JUNIOR, Mario Norberto Sevílio de  and  NAVARRO, Francisco. Influence of physical exercise in the symptomatology of climacteric women. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.3, pp. 537-545. ISSN 1809-9823.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1809-98232012000300014.

This study aimed to determine the changes associated with the symptoms in menopausal women with the practice of an aerobic exercise program. It is a descriptive research of experimental and quantitative type. Eight women participated, in the age group 55.25 ± 2.71 years, height 1.49 ± 0.04 m, body mass 64.55 ± 14.73 kg, BMI 29.98 ± 5.48 kg / m2, and mean blood pressure 120/82 mmHg, performing a physical exercise program (8 weeks) in two stages of four weeks each, but four of them without control of intensity and the other four with control (70% HT). They had to start the protocol symptoms assessed every four weeks of exercise. For statistical analysis it was used the ratio of mean, standard deviation, maximum and minimum coefficient of variance and t test for paired observations. With significant effect at 1%, the results were improvement in climacteric symptoms according to the scores of Blatt Kupperman Menopausal Index, with the practice of aerobic physical exercise protocol proposed in 15.62% after four weeks, and 16.28% after eight weeks; and improvement of aerobic capacity from good to excellent classification according to the second American Heart Association, with gains of 27.82%. It is concluded that implementing the proposed protocol exercise brought improvement in climacteric symptoms in women participating in the study in both stages, with a total improvement of 23.85%, although in only eight weeks.

Keywords : Aging; Women; Climacteric; Symptoms; Exercise; Statistical Analysis.

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