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Study Reveals the Feasibility and Potential Benefits of the Move for Life Physical Activity Intervention

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The Move for Life (MFL) intervention, designed to enhance existing physical activity (PA) programs, targets inactive adults aged 50 and above. A recent study evaluated its feasibility and potential to improve PA and related health outcomes. The 3-arm cluster randomised trial compared MFL, usual provision (UP), and control (CON) groups over a six-month period. The findings indicate promising results for the application of MFL in community settings.

Methodology and Participant Recruitment

The study utilized a purposive sampling strategy to recruit 733 participants, focusing on characteristics of interest. Baseline measurements (T0), post-intervention assessments (T1), and six-month follow-ups (T2) were conducted. Researchers assessed recruitment, adherence, retention, and data completion rates. Primary outcomes included accelerometer-based moderate-to-vigorous intensity PA (MVPA) and self-reported compliance with physical activity guidelines (PAGL). Secondary outcomes measured light intensity PA (LiPA), standing time, sedentary time, body composition, physical function, and psychological well-being.

Results and Key Findings

The study met progression criteria for feasibility outcomes. Over six months, self-reported compliance with PAGL showed notable increases in the MFL group compared to UP and CON, and similarly, UP outperformed CON. Standing time decreased within the MFL group relative to the CON group, while sedentary time rose in the CON group compared to UP. Waist circumference reductions were more significant in the MFL group than in UP and CON. Additionally, MFL participants performed better in the Timed Up and Go Test and increased their distance in the Six-Minute Walk Test compared to CON. Psychological well-being also saw improvements in the MFL group relative to CON.

Practical Insights for Implementation

– MFL can significantly enhance PA adherence in older adults.
– Reduced waist circumference highlights MFL’s potential for improving body composition.
– Improved physical function and psychological well-being suggest holistic benefits.
– MFL’s successful implementation may serve as a model for other community-based PA interventions.

These findings underscore the feasibility and potential benefits of the MFL program. The study suggests that the MFL intervention could effectively augment existing PA programs for adults aged 50 and above, leading to better health outcomes and increased physical activity compliance.

Original Article: Front Public Health. 2024 May 15;12:1348110. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2024.1348110. eCollection 2024.

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