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Walking meditation and ankle proprioception

Fifty-eight women aged between 63 and 75 years were randomly grouped into control and intervention groups each of 29 participants. The intervention group engaged in 8 weeks of walking meditation for 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week. This consisted of mindfully drawing attention to leg and foot movements while walking slowly in a peaceful environment. Balance and ankle repositioning tests were used to assess proprioception. The mindful walking group demonstrated significant improvements. The authors postulate that declining balance performance and ankle proprioception in older people are related to age and a lack of physical training.

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