Grudnitskaya Natal'ya Nikolayevna
Meshcheryakova Ol'ga Nikolayevna
Mazakova Tat'yana Vladimirovna

The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of the influence of fitness yoga means on the physical, functional and mental state of the body of middle-aged people.

Research methods and organization. The following methods of scientific research were used: study, analysis and generalization of literary sources; pedagogical observation; pedagogical experiment; biomedical methods; functional testing; pedagogical control tests; methods of mathematical statistics. Biomedical research methods have been used to assess the health status of people engaged in fitness yoga. The functional state was assessed on the basis of: Stange's test, Genchi's test, heart rate, blood pressure indicators, Rufier's index, Pulmotest, physical activity index. The psycho-emotional state was assessed on the basis of the results of the Munsterberg’s test, an assessment of the state of stress, an assessment of neuropsychic stress. In order to determine the initial and formed levels of physical fitness of the participants in the experiment, the following tests were used: bending forward from a standing position, push-ups on the knees from the floor for 30 seconds, raising legs by 90 degrees, lying on the back, in 30 seconds. The study involved 60 people aged 36 to 55 years.

Research results. The conducted experimental work established a reliably significant predominant difference in the functional, psychological state, as well as in the level of physical fitness of the experimental group engaged in fitness yoga, over the indicators of the control group engaged in dance aerobics.

Conclusion. Optimal physical activity of the experimental program with the use of fitness yoga, as well as taking into account the age characteristics of the trainees, led to a significant improvement in the health indicators of middle-aged people.

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