P. Ravichandran & Dr. S. Chidambara Raja
The purpose of the present study was to find the effect of yogic practice, brisk walking and combination of yoga and brisk walking on flexibility, tidal volume and vital capacity. For this purpose, sixty men in and around Vaitheeswarankoil, Mayiladuthurai Taluk, Tiruvarur District, Tamilnadu in the age group of 40 – 45 years were selected. They were divided into four equal groups (n = 15), each group consisted of fifteen subjects, in which group – I underwent yoga practice, group – II underwent brisk walking, group – III underwent combination of yoga practice and brisk walking and group –IV acted as control group who did not participate in any special training. The training period for this study was six days in a week for twelve weeks. Prior to and after the training period the subjects were tested for flexibility, tidal volume and vital capacity. Flexibility was assessed by administering sit and reach test, tidal volume and vital capacity was assessed by using expirograph respectively. The analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to find out the significant difference if any, among the experimental groups and control group on selected criterion variables separately. Since there were four groups involved in this study the Scheffẻ S test was used as pos-hoc test. The result of the study shown that the yoga practice, brisk walking and combination and brisk walking and yoga practice has positively altered the criterion variables, such as, flexibility, tidal volume and vital capacity. It was concluded from the results of the study, that all the training groups has significantly improved the flexibility, tidal volume and vital capacity when compared with the control group and there was no significant difference was occurred between the training groups.
Yoga practice, brisk walking, combination of yoga practice and brisk walking, flexibility, tidal volume and vital capacity.