THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AEROBIC GYMNASTICS MEANS IN PREVENTING AND FIGHTING OBESITY
This research aimed to study the probable effects the aerobic gymnastics can have on the body, in preventing the instalment of various diseases, existing as an alternative for a healthy lifestyle. The main goal of the research was to identify the effects the aerobic gymnastics has in preventing and fighting obesity. This research was conducted on 20 subjects between 30 and 35 years old, who participated in aerobic gymnastics fitness-type lessons, three times a week. The programs comprised exercises of physical development, stretching and elasticity, of relaxation, of coordination, and not in the least, of muscle strengthening. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the applied means, we used the following measurements: height, weight, abdominal perimeter (waist) from standing position, and hip perimeter. After the measurements, we calculated the Body Mass Index and the adipose tissue. The research data highlight the subjects' interest for their physical appearance through a dynamic activity, constituting an argument for the practice of aerobic gymnastics throughout one's entire life, as a mean to preserve one's youth and beauty.