The aim of the study was to establish the effect of group exercise frequency on the anthropometric profiles of elderly persons living in aged care homes in the eThekwini municipality. A total of 100 participants, aged 60-88 years (males n = 21 and females n = 79) were selected from five aged care homes. Twenty participants from each of the five facilities were randomly selected. From the 20 participants, ten participants were randomly assigned to Group A - experimental group and 10 in Group B - observed group. Participants in Group A exercised twice a week and those in Group B exercised thrice a week for 12 weeks. The duration of each exercise session was 60 minutes. The components of the exercise programme comprised of a warm up, balance training followed by cardiorespiratory and strength training. A significant increase was noted in the sum of skinfold thickness in the group that exercised twice a week (MD = -14.78 mm, 95% CI [-28.45 mm, -2.09 mm], p = .038) (p<.05). Similar to the group that exercised twice a week, there was a small increase in sum of skinfold thickness (MD = -9.14 mm, 95% CI [-18.40 mm, .69 mm], p = .070,), post training thrice a week. The increase in skinfold thickness in the group that trained three times a week was not significant. Therefore, training thrice a week could protect against excessive body fatness, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in the elderly residing in long term care facilities.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jan 2017|