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Benefits of Motor and Exercise Imagery for Older Adults

Michael Kalicinski and Babett H. Lobinger

Abstract: The benefits of imagery use have been shown for athletes and neurological patients, but little is known about the benefits of motor and exercise imagery for older adults. Current research on movement-related imagery is reviewed in this narrative article, with a focus on methods for estimating the ability to use motor and exercise imagery and the extent of their use. Recent investigations of motor imagery and exercise imagery in healthy older adults are reviewed. Recommendations for integrating the two approaches in future research are made and the potential of imagery use to encourage physical activity in older adults is discussed.

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