Exercising like Zumba improves emotional health of inactive workers

Experts point out that it is important to perform 35 to 40 minutes of physical activity daily to maintain our health in optimal performance

Through a five-week exercise program based on the discipline Zumba Fitness, it was shown to help improve the quality of life in inactive university workers, especially emotionally, improvements that could be maintained up to two months later, University scientists noted of Granada.

As reported by the University of Granada, the research was carried out in inactive university workers and consisted of implementing a brief exercise intervention based on the well-known Zumba Fitness program, with the aim of investigating its impact on the quality of life of the participants in the short and medium-term.

Normally, current workdays in the public university field include an eight-hour schedule with predominantly sedentary tasks, and currently, due to confinement, most people do not perform enough physical activity, which increases the total daily sedentary time and constitutes a risk factor potential for health.

According to the researchers, quality of life covers various aspects and is divided into eight dimensions: social, emotional, physical state, bodily pain, physical functioning, vitality, mental health, and general health.

This pilot study led by researchers from the University of Granada Yahira Barranco Ruiz and Emilio Villa González, was carried out for five weeks together with an international team from the National University of Chimborazo (Ecuador).

This practice with the physical exercise program was carried out three days a week and at the end of the workday, through one-hour classes instructed by a certified technician and graduated in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences.

This experiment generated significant increases in most dimensions of the participants’ quality of life.

Even two months after the intervention ended, most of the dimensions continued to maintain levels above those recorded at the beginning of the program, they explain.

It was the emotional dimension that experienced higher values ​​at the end of the exercise program, according to the researchers, who have carried out a new, larger study with an intervention of 16 weeks corresponding to an academic four-month period, where new and various new ones have been analyzed. variables related to the health of the participants, such as physical condition associated with health, body composition, metabolic profile, and nutritional habits. 

According to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests approximately 30 to 40 minutes of sweating daily should be sufficient.

These results are based on a meta-analysis of nine previous studies, involving a total of 44,370 people. The participants were followed between four to 14 years with accelerometer and sedentary time.

During the research, 3,451 participants died. This mortality revealed that the risk of mortality among people with a sedentary lifestyle increases as the time spent in physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity decreases.

But in active individuals who engage in 30 to 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity, the association between high sedentary time and risk of death is not significantly different from those with low amounts of sedentary time, write the researchers in their published article.

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