Physical activity to improve wellbeing and promote healthy ageing among older adults:
Randomized controlled Trial

Summary and Proposed Research

Summary and Proposed Research

Most elderly adults do not meet the physical activity levels recommended for general health, which increases the risk for a variety of preventable health conditions. This collaborative project between Indian and Sweden aims to improve the health and wellbeing of elderly adults (aged 60+) through the practice of yoga-based exercises. Outcomes measured will include: wellbeing, health-related quality of life, cardio-metabolic risks, pain, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, mood states, mobility and falls, sleep quality, and cognition. Changes in cortisol and inflammatory markers will also be assessed.

Randomized controlled trial is proposed to evaluate the effects of a 12-week yoga-based intervention to be implemented in parallel in India and Sweden. About 120 participants will be recruited in Ujjain, India. Assessments will be taken at baseline (pre-randomization), post-intervention, and 6-month follow-up. A comparable intervention will be implemented in Sweden and the results will be compared. The study is designed to empower elderly adults to initiate and continue the practice of yoga beyond the intervention.