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Evaluation Of the Effect of a Self-Developed Exercise Program in An Outdoor Gym on The Physical Fitness of People Over 60 Years of Age

Agnieszka Kowalska
Joanna Czesak

  1. Department of Rehabilitation in Rheumatology and Geriatrics, Institute of Clinical Rehabilitation, University School of Physical Education in Krakow, Krakow, Poland
PTrev 2021; vol 25 (3) 44-49
Data publikacji online: 2021/09/28
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To evaluate the effect of a 4-week training program in an outdoor gym on the physical fitness of individuals aged 60–74 years measured by the Fullerton test.

Material and methods
A total of 31 subjects were eligible, of whom 26 subjects (18 women and 8 men) completed the study (mean age of 66.8 ± 4 years). Before and after the 4-week training period in an outdoor gym, the participants subjectively rated their physical fitness, muscular strength, flexibility, endurance, and mood using a self-designed rating scale. A Fullerton test was also administered before and after the training program. Training in the outdoor gym was performed 3 times per week in 45-minute sessions for 4 weeks.

It was observed that the 4-week training program in an outdoor gym significantly improved the participants’ subjective ratings of their own physical fitness, muscular strength, flexibility, endurance, and mood. There was a statistically significant improvement in all parameters assessed by the Fullerton test. There was also a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) after the 4-week training program.

Training in an outdoor gym has a remarkable effect on fitness components, as shown by the Fullerton test, BMI reduction, and self-assessment of health and well-being.

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