Mindfulness-Based Physical Activity Intervention


The aims of this parallel two-arm pilot randomized controlled trial is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an audio-recorded mindfulness-based intervention and to assess whether the intervention results in a clinically meaningful difference in physical activity compared to the control condition

Full Title of Study: “A Mindfulness-Based Physical Activity Intervention: A Randomized Pilot Study”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: Single (Participant)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: July 1, 2018


  • Behavioral: Mindfulness
    • Received instructions to exercise at moderate intensity while listening to an audio-recorded mindfulness-based physical activity intervention
  • Behavioral: Heart-Rate
    • Given a heart rate monitor, told to exercise within the moderate intensity range (64-76% of estimated maximum heart rate)

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Mindfulness
    • Delivered through an audio-recording consisting of a single meditation exercise that lasted for 30 minutes
  • Active Comparator: Heart-Rate
    • Given a heart rate monitor and instructed to use it to determine the intensity of their exercise

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Physical Activity Minutes
    • Time Frame: 1-Week Follow-Up

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Reported less than 60-minutes of weekly moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA, moderate physical activity minutes + vigorous physical activity minutes*2)
  • Safe to exercise at moderate intensity without a doctor's approval according to American College of Sports Medicine Criteria
  • Had a smart phone to access the audio-recorded mindfulness-based physical activity intervention

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 55 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Southern Methodist University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor

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