Effect of low-impact aerobic dance exercise on psychological health (stress) among sedentary women in Malaysia

Mastura Johar, M. S. Omar Fauzee, A. S. Bahaman, S. Abd Rashid, M. N. Somchit

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Abstract

The present study investigated the effect of twelve weeks of low-impact aerobic dance exercise intervention ("aero-mass" dance exercise) on psychological health (stress) among sedentary working women, specifically in Malaysia. Sedentary participants (age range = 40 - 55 years; N = 40: BMI > 25) were randomly assigned to two groups: an intervention treatment of "aero mass aerobic dancing" and conventional low-impact aerobic dancing. Classes were held for 50 minutes, 3 days per week, for 12 weeks. Repeated measures were examined at week 1, week 8 and week 12. Mixed repeated ANOVA revealed statistically significant time effects for Total Stress Scores (p < 0.01) with eta square =0.59 (large effect) at week 8 and week 12. Furthermore, the time by group interaction was also statistically significant for total stress score (p < 0.05) with eta square = 0.18 (large effect). In addition, the result for between-subject effects indicates significant F (1, 38)=7.74, p < 0.05, eta = 0.17, and therefore there was a significant difference in the stress level scores in the intervention group compared to the control group. Subjects of the intervention group, "aero mass aerobics dancing", experienced the most benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalBiology of Sport
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Dancing
Malaysia
Psychological Stress
Exercise
Health
Working Women
Analysis of Variance
Control Groups

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Physiology (medical)

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Johar, Mastura ; Omar Fauzee, M. S. ; Bahaman, A. S. ; Rashid, S. Abd ; Somchit, M. N. / Effect of low-impact aerobic dance exercise on psychological health (stress) among sedentary women in Malaysia. In: Biology of Sport. 2012 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 63-69.
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In: Biology of Sport, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2012, p. 63-69.

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