Effectiveness of Aerobic Exercise in Developing Maximum Aerobic Capacity (VO2max) during Menstrual Cycle Phases
The purpose of this study is to analyze the physiological determinants and effectiveness of aerobic exercise for maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) on the premenstrual, menstrual, and postmenstrual cycle phases of female students at the Faculty of Sports, Padang State University. Maximum oxygen absorption (VO2max) was chosen because it is considered the best indicator of an organism's aerobic capacity. Previous studies used several forms of exercises to determine these physiological determinants; however, this research utilized the maximal aerobic capacity. This study provides a solution for developing VO2max during the pre-menstruation, menstruation, and post-menstruation cycle of female students. Data were obtained from the cardio-respiration analysis of 20 Facultyof Sport Universitas Negeri Padang. The results showed that aerobic exercise has a positive effect on VO2max, through the production of adequate energy and metabolism during various phases of the menstrual cycle. It can apply this finding to women to use aerobics for bodily health.
Keywords: Aerobic Exercise, Maximum Aerobic Capacity, Menstrual Cycle.