A-15P Free Communication/Poster Obesity
Non-weight bearing activity is commonly recommended as a form of exercise for overweight individuals. However, enjoyment and attendance for this type of activity has not been examined.
To compare physical activity enjoyment and attendance in overweight women participating in aquatic plus walking (AW) or walking only (W) exercise groups.
Forty-four sedentary, overweight women (age: 40.3 ± 6.8 y; BMI: 34.9 ±3.8 kg/m2) undergoing a 16-week standard behavioral weight loss program (SBT) were randomly assigned to AW or W. The AW group was prescribed 2 supervised aquatic classes while the W group was prescribed 2 supervised walks a week. In addition, all subjects were instructed to complete 3 unsupervised, home-based walking sessions per week. Type and minutes of activity were recorded in a weekly diary. Physical activity enjoyment (Kendzierski and DeCarlo, 1991) was assessed at completion of this study.
Thirty-three subjects completed the study. Enjoyment scores were significantly different (p ≤ 0.05) between the AW (115.6 ± 14.3) and the W (103.6 ± 14.5) group. Attendance (AW = 67 ± 22%, W = 57 ± 17%) and total physical activity minutes for the 16 weeks (AW = 2937.6 ± 1459.5, W = 2414.8 ± 1518.3) did not differ significantly between the 2 groups. Spearman Rank Order correlation coefficients showed significant correlations between enjoyment scores and total activity sessions attended (r = 0.50, p ≤ 0.05) in the AW group but not the W group.
These short-term results suggest that AW is an acceptable, alternative activity for overweight, sedentary women undergoing SBT. Comparisons of AW and W should be further investigated to examine if these results translate into better long-term exercise adherence and/or weight loss. Supported by NIH grant 5P30DK4620410