Short term effect of yoga on perceived stress and physical activity in obese perimenopausal women
Dr. Shradha Deshpande, Prachi Narkhede
Background: Perimenopause is defined as the two to eight years preceding menopause and one year following final menses. Sex hormones have a relationship between lung functions, stress levels and overall physical activity and hence it is important to study the effect of Yoga during Perimenopause. Objective: To study the short term effect of yoga on perceived stress, physical activity and chest expansion in obese perimenopausal women. Methodology and Material: A convenient sample size of 45 subjects was chosen. Pre assessment for BMI, Chest Expansion for all three levels (2nd, 4th intercostal space and xiphoid), using measuring tape, Physical Activity using International Questionnaire of Physical Activity (IPAQ) and Perceived Stress, using Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) was done. Subjects were undergone four weeks of Yoga programme, (1 hour/daily, 3 days/week) which included all asana and pranayama beneficial for perimenopausal symptoms. Yogic postures and pranayama practiced in first week for three days was been repeatedly practiced for next three weeks. Post intervention values were recorded for all the above mentioned parameters and compared with pre intervention values. Results: Highly significant difference between pre and post values of Perceived Stress, Physical activity and chest expansion was seen where, (p<0.05 i.e. p = 0.00 for all the parameters). Conclusion: This study proved that short term period of Yoga practice had significant effect on Perceived stress, physical activity and chest expansion at all three levels in Obese Perimenopausal women.
Dr. Shradha Deshpande, Prachi Narkhede. Short term effect of yoga on perceived stress and physical activity in obese perimenopausal women. International Journal of Yoga, Physiotherapy and Physical Education, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2019, Pages 44-47