Effect of Aerobic Dance on Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Pregnant Women: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Keywords:Aerobic Dance, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Pregnancy
Introduction: It is recommended that healthy pregnant women should undertake moderate physical activity
for 30 minutes on most days of the week throughout pregnancy 1,4. The aim of the present study was to
evaluate the effect of a 12-week programme of twice-weekly aerobic dance classes, in addition to 30 minutes
of moderate self-imposed physicalactivity on the remaining week days, on cardiorespiratory fitness in
Material and Method: This study was a secondary analysis of a randomized controlledtrial comparing a
group undertaking aerobic exercise with a non-exercising control group.
Results and Conclusion: This study showed that a 12-week aerobic dance programme had no effect
on cardiorespiratory fitness in pregnant women. It has been reported that even small improvements in
cardiorespiratory fitness may cause an overall lower mortality rate in adults24,25.
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