Background: The sharp growth of the hypertensive population is a worrying fact. This increase is due in part to new living standards in contemporary society, which has left the
susceptible human to various risk factors such as poor eating habits, obesity and overweight, physical inactivity and psychobiological aspects. Objective: The objective of this study
was to evaluate the effect of Mat Pilates training (MP) on the psychobiological aspects of medicated hypertensive women.
Methods: A total of 44 hypertensive women, medicated, not practitioners of physical exercise, mean age 50.5 ± 6.3 years, were divided into two groups: training group (TG) and control
group (CG). TG performed 60-minute sessions of MP, twice a week for 16 weeks. CG was requested to maintain daily activities without exercise training at the same period. We evaluated the
psychobiological aspects such as: level of anxiety, stress, depression, quality and perception of sleep and degree of sleepiness, as well as quality of life before and after experimental period by
Results: Statistically significant improvements were observed (p <0.05) in the TG compared the pre and post experimental period for the following variables: stress (0.5 ± 0.1 vs. 0.4
± 0.1 score ); depression (12.1 ± 8.8 vs. 6.8 ± 7.3 score); quality of sleep (7.5 ± 3.2 vs. 5.3 ± 2.4 score); perception of sleep (35.7 ± 8.1 vs. 28.6 ± 8.5 score) and quality of life (70.5 ± 11.1 vs.
78.4 ± 12.8 score). The other variables in TG, and all variables in the CG showed no significant changes.
Conclusions: Mat Pilates training was able to bring about significant improvements in the level of stress, depression, quality and perception of sleep and quality of life of medicated