Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Kapalbhati Pranayama on Metabolic Fitness (MetF) and Bone Integrity (BI)
Science Journal of Education
Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages: 37-42
Received: Jan. 31, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 11, 2015; Published: Mar. 26, 2015
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Baljinder Singh Bal, Department of Physical Education (T) Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
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Objective: The present study was conducted with the objective to determine the therapeutic effects of Kapalbhati Pranayama on Metabolic Fitness (MetF) and Bone Integrity (BI). Methods: Forty, university level girls between the age group of 19-25 years were selected. The subjects were purposively assigned into two groups: Group-A: Experimental (n1=20); Group-B: Control (n2=20). The subjects from Group-A: Experimental were subjected to a 4-weeks kapalbhati pranayama. Statistical Analysis: Student t test for paired samples was utilized to compare the means of the pre-test and the post-test. Results: Significant differences were found in Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2max; t=4.5033*), Blood Pressure (Systolic Blood Pressure; t=6.725*, Diastolic Blood Pressure; t=7.408*) and Blood Sugar (Fasting Blood Sugar; t=8.432*, Post Prandial Blood Sugar; t=4.207*) of university level girls. However, insignificant between-group differences were noted in Blood Lipid (Cholesterol; t=0.319, Triglycerides; t=0.057) and Bone Integrity (t=1.7097) of university level girls. Conclusion: Based on the analysis of the results obtained, we conclude that the experimental group subjected to 4-week training of Kapalbhati Pranayama brought about significant difference in Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2max), Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar, whereas insignificant differences were noted in Blood Lipid and Bone Integrity of university level girls.
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Yoga, Physiological Fitness, University Level Girls
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Baljinder Singh Bal, Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Kapalbhati Pranayama on Metabolic Fitness (MetF) and Bone Integrity (BI), Science Journal of Education. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 37-42. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20150302.14
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