Beneficial Influence of Mindfulness Training Promoted by Text Messages on Self-Reported Aerobic Physical Activity in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Study

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Inactivity is known to have harmful effects on the physical and mental health of older adults. This study used a randomized, parallel trial design to evaluate whether daily text prompts to practice mindfulness would have a positive impact on the time that adults aged 50 years or older spend in aerobic physical activity. The participants were recruited from a certified fitness center and divided into mindfulness and control groups. For 4 weeks, they were exposed to the experimental conditions, with or without the morning text message. In the morning message condition, the mindfulness groups received a text message with the instruction to practice audio-guided mindfulness for 10 min, and the control group received a placebo message. The participants practicing mindfulness reported significantly more weekly minutes of aerobic physical activity and higher intrinsic motivation than the control participants. Mindfulness training was effective at increasing aerobic physical activity duration and might complement physical activity programs.

Robin, Sinnapah, Hue, and Coudevylle are with Faculté des Sciences du Sport, Université des Antilles, Pointe-à-Pitre Cedex, France; and Laboratoire “Adaptation au Climat Tropical, Exercice & Santé” (UPRES EA 3596), Pointe-à-Pitre Cedex, France. Toussaint is with Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage, Poitiers Cedex, France; and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers Cedex, France.

Robin (robin.nicolas@hotmail.fr) is corresponding author.
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