African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Full Length Research Paper

Does regular aerobic training affect basal leptin level (difference between male and female)?

Salehzadeh Karim1* and Agaziyev Afiq2
  1Department of Physical Education Maragheh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Maragheh, Iran. 2Azerbaijan National Academy of Science, Institute of Physiology, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 August 2011
  •  Published: 23 December 2011



There is discrepancy about the effects of regular exercise training on basal leptin level and most of the existing data have been collected from obese/thin subjects. In this study, the effects of one year aerobic exercise was investigated in normal weight untrained healthy volunteer male and female subjects. The sample included 60 non-athletes, male and female university students. First, all samples were randomly divided into four groups. The practice program including selected aerobic exercises and volleyball drills with specific intensity was applied. The blood samples of subjects were taken once 24 h before the first section of the exercise program and 24 h after the last section of the exercise program. Resting plasma leptin level was determined using ELISA method in pre and posttest and in paired sample T test, whereas one way and two way (factorial) ANOVA was used to analyze the data. Studies show that basal plasma leptin levels in healthy young non-athlete individuals in response to regular exercise in the long term did not fluctuate.Aerobic exercise for one year showed no significant effect on plasma leptin levels (that is about the role of fat tissue as the most significant source of leptin), and it seems that it occurs because fat tissue in subjects did not change.


Key words: Aerobic exercise, leptin, long- term, non-athlete.