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ZumBeat: Evaluation of a Zumba Dance Intervention in Postmenopausal Overweight Women

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Division of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, Birsstrasse 320 B, Basel 4052, Switzerland
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Division of Movement and Exercise Science, Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, Birsstrasse 320 B, Basel 4052, Switzerland
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Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University Hospital Basel, Spitalstrasse 12, Basel 4031, Switzerland
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Academic Editor: Eling de Bruin
Received: 10 November 2015 / Revised: 18 January 2016 / Accepted: 19 January 2016 / Published: 25 January 2016
Physical inactivity is a major public health concern since it increases individuals’ risk of morbidity and mortality. A subgroup at particular risk is postmenopausal overweight women. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and effect of a 12-week ZumBeat dance intervention on cardiorespiratory fitness and psychosocial health. Postmenopausal women with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2 or a waist circumference >94 cm who were not regularly physically active were asked to complete a 12-week ZumBeat dance intervention with instructed and home-based self-training sessions. Before and after the intervention, peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) was assessed on a treadmill; and body composition and several psychometric parameters (including quality of life, sports-related barriers and menopausal symptoms) were investigated. Of 17 women (median age: 54 years; median BMI: 30 kg/m2) enrolled in the study, 14 completed the study. There was no apparent change in VO2peak after the 12-week intervention period (average change score: −0.5 mL/kg/min; 95% confidence interval: −1.0, 0.1); but, quality of life had increased, and sports-related barriers and menopausal symptoms had decreased. A 12-week ZumBeat dance intervention may not suffice to increase cardiorespiratory fitness in postmenopausal overweight women, but it increases women’s quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: menopause; dance; cardiorespiratory fitness; Zumba; barriers; quality of life menopause; dance; cardiorespiratory fitness; Zumba; barriers; quality of life
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Rossmeissl, A.; Lenk, S.; Hanssen, H.; Donath, L.; Schmidt-Trucksäss, A.; Schäfer, J. ZumBeat: Evaluation of a Zumba Dance Intervention in Postmenopausal Overweight Women. Sports 2016, 4, 5.

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