Guided Relaxation & Exercise Imagery = A Powerful Combo for Seniors
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effects of a 6-wk intervention that used guided relaxation and exercise imagery (GREI) to increase self-reported leisure-time exercise behavior among older adults.
A total of 93 community-dwelling healthy older adults (age 70.38 ± 8.15 yr, 66 female) were randomly placed in either a placebo control group or an intervention group. The intervention group received instructions to listen to an audio compact disk (CD) containing a GREI program, and the placebo control group received an audio CD that contained 2 relaxation tracks and instructions to listen to music of their choice for 6 wk.
Results revealed that listening to a GREI CD for 6 wk significantly increased self-reported leisure-time exercise behaviors (p = .03). Further exploration of GREI and its effects on other psychological variables related to perceived exercise behaviors may substantiate its effectiveness.
Citation: Kim BH, Newton RA, Sachs ML, Giacobbi PR, Glutting JJ. The effect of guided relaxation and exercise imagery on self-reported leisure-time exercise behaviors in older adults. Journal of aging and physical activity. 2011 Apr; 19 (2): pages 137-46. [email protected]