A STUDY TO COMPARE THE EFFECTS OF SWISS BALL EXERCISES VERSUS THERABAND EXERCISES ON ABDOMINAL GIRTH
*Manjula S. and Dr. P. Senthil Selvam
Background of The Study: Obesity refers to a condition of having excessive amount of body fat. Not only the amount of excess fat needs to be considered but also, the body part where it is distributed matters a lot. Fat deposition in the abdomen can be dealt with exercises. Various exercises have been designed for obesity but, in particular, the exercises designed for abdomen like Swiss ball and Thera band exercises proves more beneficial. Aim of the Study: The main aim of the study is to compare the effects of swiss ball exercises versus thera band exercises on abdominal girth. Objective of the Study: The objectives of the study are. To assess the effect of swiss ball exercises on abdominal girth. To assess the effect of thera band exercises on abdominal girth To compare the effect of swiss ball exercises versus thera band exercises Methodology: 40 subjects were selected based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria and divided into 2 group A and B. Group A consists of 20 subjects and Group B consists of 20 subjects. Group A were treated with swiss ball exercises and Group B were treated with thera band exercises for 6 weeks. Pre and Post test scores were assessed for abdominal girth. Result: Statistical analysis was done which showed a significant improvement in post-test assessment scores of group A than group B subjects. Comparison of post-test mean values of Group A and B subjects, showed improvement in the Group A than group B. Hence, Group A consisting of 20 subjects, who were treated with swiss ball exercises have more significant improvement than Group B consisting of 20 subjects, who were treated with thera band exercises at p <0.0001. Conclusion: This study concluded that both the groups have a significant effect in both the exercises. While comparing both groups, Group A have more significant improvement than Group B.
Keywords: Swiss ball exercise, Thera band exercise, abdominal girth, Obesity.
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