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Main Research Article
Effects of exercise and group counselling on body composition and VO2max in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2013 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 92, Issue 3, pages 272–277, March 2013
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Please cite this article as: Effects of exercise and group counselling on body composition and VO2max in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2013; 92:272–277., , , , .
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 12 DEC 2012 03:00PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 21 MAR 2012
- Group counselling;
- high-intensity exercise;
- metabolic syndrome;
- physical activity;
- polycystic ovary syndrome weight loss
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is often associated with an increased waist circumference and with lower cardio-respiratory fitness as a consequence of obesity, which may be improved by physical activity.
To investigate the effect of high-intensity aerobic training combined with group counselling sessions on anthropometry and cardio-respiratory fitness in women with PCOS.
Seventeen sedentary, overweight women with PCOS were randomized in a cross-over design to 16 weeks of intervention: eight weeks high-intensity aerobic exercise was followed by eight weeks of group counselling (n = 8) or vice versa (n = 9). Fourteen of the women completed the tests.
Main outcome measures
Waist circumference, body mass index and maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) were measured at baseline, cross-over and post-intervention.
There was a decrease in waist circumference (119.9 vs. 106.5 cm) and body mass index (34.9 vs. 34.4 kg/m2) and an increase in VO2max (2554.9 vs. 2807.9 mL/min) during the intervention period (t = 16 weeks, n = 14), all p < 0.05. Weight loss tended to be highest in the group which started with group counselling (2.9 vs. 0.6 kg, t = 16 weeks, n = 14, p = 0.055).
Exercise in groups followed by counselling or vice versa had beneficial effects on waist circumference, weight, and VO2max in women with PCOS. Future studies should examine possible beneficial effects of combined group counselling and exercise on weight loss and adherence to exercise protocols among women with PCOS.