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J Aging Phys Act. 2018 Nov 7:1-10. doi: 10.1123/japa.2017-0390. [Epub ahead of print]

Feasibility of an Outdoor Mindful Walking Program for Reducing Negative Affect in Older Adults.

Abstract

Mindful walking has emerged as a potential intervention strategy to improve mental health and promote well-being in adult and clinical populations. This strategy has not been implemented specifically with older adults to date. This study evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, sustainability, and preliminary efficacy of a mindful walking program for reducing negative affect in older adults. Community-dwelling older adults (n = 29) completed a 1-month, outdoor mindful walking program distributed across eight 30-min sessions. Responses from postprogram and follow-up questionnaires revealed that mindful walking was well-accepted, highly valued, and maintained after the program ended. Analysis from the pre- and postwalk surveys also suggested the preliminary efficacy of a mindful walking program for reducing negative affect. Positive results identified in the current feasibility study indicate readiness for randomized controlled trials to further examine the efficacy and effectiveness of a mindful walking intervention for promoting health and well-being in older populations.

KEYWORDS:

health behavior; healthy aging; mind–body relations; public health promotion

PMID:
29485332
DOI:
10.1123/japa.2017-0390

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