Cardiorespiratory fitness levels in Malaysian women

Nor Anita Megat Mohd Nordin, Ruby Husain, Aminuddin Abd Hamid Karim, Osman Ali

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    Objective: To determine the factors that influence cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) among Malay and Chinese Malaysian women. Methods: Age, ethnicity, height and waist circumference were the predictors of a non-exercise CRF regression model developed for healthy Malaysian women aged 20-64 years. Further comparisons between the two ethnic groups were done on their sociodemographic, biophysical, physical activity, dietary and mental health profile to elucidate the differences which contribute to CRF. Results: For the same age group, Chinese women had higher levels of CRF. They were lighter in terms of weight and body mass index and also had smaller waist and hip circumferences. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were lower. They were better educated, majority were single and those that were married had fewer numbers of children. They spent more time on exercise while dietary habits were similar. No significant differences were seen in the levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Conclusion: The higher level of exercise among the Chinese women may contribute to the higher CRF and better body composition as supported by other studies. Their higher level of education may also influence greater participation in exercise.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)173-178
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Medical Journal
    Volume17
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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    Exercise
    Waist Circumference
    Blood Pressure
    Feeding Behavior
    Body Composition
    Ethnic Groups
    Hip
    Mental Health
    Body Mass Index
    Anxiety
    Age Groups
    Cardiorespiratory Fitness
    Depression
    Education
    Weights and Measures

    Keywords

    • Cardiorespiratory fitness
    • Ethnicity
    • Exercise
    • Women

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    • Medicine(all)

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    Nordin, N. A. M. M., Husain, R., Karim, A. A. H., & Ali, O. (2010). Cardiorespiratory fitness levels in Malaysian women. International Medical Journal, 17(3), 173-178.

    Cardiorespiratory fitness levels in Malaysian women. / Nordin, Nor Anita Megat Mohd; Husain, Ruby; Karim, Aminuddin Abd Hamid; Ali, Osman.

    In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, 09.2010, p. 173-178.

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    Nordin, NAMM, Husain, R, Karim, AAH & Ali, O 2010, 'Cardiorespiratory fitness levels in Malaysian women', International Medical Journal, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 173-178.
    Nordin NAMM, Husain R, Karim AAH, Ali O. Cardiorespiratory fitness levels in Malaysian women. International Medical Journal. 2010 Sep;17(3):173-178.
    Nordin, Nor Anita Megat Mohd ; Husain, Ruby ; Karim, Aminuddin Abd Hamid ; Ali, Osman. / Cardiorespiratory fitness levels in Malaysian women. In: International Medical Journal. 2010 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 173-178.
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