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Effect Brisk Walking on Sand on Selected Physical Fitness Components among Middle Aged Women

B.Bindu & Dr. G. Santoshkumar

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of brisk walking on sand on selected physical fitness components such as strength endurance and flexibility. To achieve this purpose of the study, thirty middle aged women in and around Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India were selected as subjects at random. The age of the subjects were ranged from 35 to 45 years. The selected subjects were divided into two equal groups of fifteen subjects each, such as brisk walking on sand group (Group I) and control group (Group II). The brisk walking on sand group (Group I) underwent their respective training programme for three days per week for twelve weeks. Group II acted as control in which they did not undergo any special training programme apart from their regular day today activities. All the subjects of two groups were tested on selected criterion variable such as strength endurance and flexibility at prior to and immediately after the training programme by using bend knee sit ups and sit and reach test respectively. The analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to analysis the significant difference, if any in between the groups. The level of significant to test the ‘F’ ratio obtained by the analysis of covariance was tested at .05 level of confidence, which was considered as an appropriate. The results of the study revealed that there was a significant difference between brisk walking on sand group and control group on selected physical fitness components such as strength endurance and flexibility. Significant improvements on selected criterion variables were also noticed due to brisk walking on sand.

 Keywords: Brisk Walking, Sand, Physical Fitness.