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Evaluation of maximal O2 uptake with undergraduate students at the University of La Reunion.
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PMID:  21386005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The maximal rate of O(2) consumption (Vo(2max)) constitutes one of the oldest fitness indexes established for the measure of cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic performance. Procedures have been developed in which Vo(2max) is estimated from physiological responses during submaximal exercise. Generally, Vo(2max) is estimated using the classical renowned Astrand-Ryhming test. In young adults, poor fitness and low aerobic performance are often associated with a sedentary lifestyle, which is a well-described factor for the development of obesity and its related disorders such as cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. In the Indian Ocean, the inhabitants of La Reunion Island, a French overseas department, exhibit an increasing prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes. At the University of La Reunion, a new laboratory course involving students was designed to teach the indirect evaluation of their Vo(2max) from the classical Astrand-Ryhming test and using a cycle ergometer as the exercise mode. Inverse and significant correlations were established between the students' fat mass percentages and their Vo(2max) and between their waist-to-hip ratio and Vo(2max) as well. Results from the international physical activity questionnaire showed that most participants in this laboratory were sedentary students. Therefore, this laboratory makes the students practice and understand the use of a classical test to estimate their Vo(2max). It also alerts them to the correlation between a sedentary lifestyle and higher body fat content. This exercise allowed students to use a scientific method to engage the problem of sedentary lifestyle, which is a real world issue.
Evelyne Tarnus; Aurélie Catan; Chantal Verkindt; Emmanuel Bourdon
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in physiology education     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1522-1229     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Physiol Educ     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100913944     Medline TA:  Adv Physiol Educ     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  76-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Département d'Enseignement de Biologie, Laboratoire de Biochimie et Génétique Moléculaire, Groupe d'Etude sur l'Inflammation Chronique et l'Obésité, Université de La Réunion, Saint Denis de La Réunion; and.
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