Effect of Difference Intensity (low and moderate) Acute Resistance Exercise on Inhabitation Control in the Older Adults

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Sport Psychology, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Sport Psychology, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

3 Physical Education and Sport Activities Department Allameh Tabatabai University

4 Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Semnan, Iran


The purpose of study was to investigate the effect of acute resistance training with low to moderate intensity on inhabitation control in the the older adults.  40 healthy older were randomly assigned into an experimental and control groups. The inhabitation control was assessed by the Modified Eriksen flanker task, conducted in the three stages; before intervention, 15 and 180 minutes after intervention. Strength training for the experimental group were performed with low intensity (40% -10RM) and moderate (70% -10RM). Data were analyzed by repeated measures ANOVA at a significant level of 0.05. The study showed that acute resistance training had a significant effect on the response time and inhibition index of the Modified Eriksen flanker task in the older adults (p <0.05). In addition, the gender had no significant impact on the effect of resistance training on inhabitation control (P> 0.05), while the exercise intensity and Eriksen flanker test conduct time after resistance training had a significant effect on the test results (p <0/05). Acute resistance training in the elderly can improved the inhibitation of dominant, unwanted and habitual behavioral responses (prepotent responses) and intrusive thoughts and, in turn, improve the focus of attention on the main subject.


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