Comparison of maximal oxygen uptake and perception of fitness in young male swimmers and gym members
Dr. Rashmi Mahulkar, Dr. Shyam V Chaudhari, Dr. Aarti A Rathi
Background: In today’s fitness conscious society, people seek various modes to gain fitness like swimming, aerobic dance, gymming etc. All such tasks help to improve maximum oxygen uptake. Aim: To compare VO2max and International Physical Activity Questionnaire IPAQ score between young male swimmers and gym members. Methods: Swimmers and gym members practicing since 6 months to 2 year having age of 17 to 25 years were included in the study. Subjects having cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and neurological impairments were excluded. VO2max was calculated by Rockport method for both the groups and they were asked to fill IPAQ questionnaire. Results: On comparison, VO2max and IPAQ score were statistically higher in swimmers.Conclusion: Swimming is a better fitness tool to improve fitness compared to that of gymming as far as its perception & aerobic capacity is concerned.