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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 55-60

Physical fitness for health and a sustainable future of young adult females aged 18 to 24 years

Department of Food Science and Nutrition, S.M.R.K.B.K.A.K. Mahila Mahavidyalaya , Nashik, India

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Manjusha Bhakay
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, S.M.R.K.B.K.A.K. Mahila Mahavidyalaya , Nashik
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The study was undertaken to evaluate the physical fitness level of final year young women students as, by this age physical development is complete and in the near future these girls would be shouldering a major responsibility of marriage and family. The concern was that, would they be able to take care of their homes, bear healthy children, tolerate the stresses and tensions, perform all the household chores and lead a healthy life? Aim was to evaluate the physical fitness levels of young women between the age of 18 to 24 years. Physical fitness tests were actually performed on a sample of 154 young women. Measurement of Muscular strength, Muscular endurance, Cardio -Respiratory Endurance was taken. They were tested for flexibility and their body composition was also assessed. The results reflected that the women were poor in muscular strength, Muscular endurance (40.8 % had very poor muscular endurance), while 63.3 % of the women had very poor cardio- respiratory endurance, they had relatively good trunk flexibility, their Body Mass Index was normal so was the Waist to Hip Ratio. There is a tendency towards sedentary lifestyle among the young women. The concept of health, physical fitness was not clear among them. There is an urgent need to undertake intervention strategies at home, family level, at college and within the community.

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