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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 1058419, 8 pages
Research Article

Physical Education in a Thermal Spa Resort to Maintain an Active Lifestyle at Home: A One-Year Self-Controlled Follow-Up Pilot Study

1Laboratoire Mouvement, Equilibre, Performance et Santé, EA 4445, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Département STAPS, 11 rue Morane Saulnier, 65000 Tarbes, France
2EA 2694, Santé Publique: Épidémiologie et Qualité des soins et UFR Ingénierie et Management de la Santé, Université de Lille, 59000 Lille, France
3Medical Office, 6 rue Larrey, 65200 Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France

Correspondence should be addressed to Julien Maitre; rf.uap-vinu@neiluj.ertiam

Received 23 February 2017; Accepted 9 April 2017; Published 30 April 2017

Academic Editor: Antonella Fioravanti

Copyright © 2017 Julien Maitre et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The self-controlled follow-up pilot study was set up to examine the maintenance of engagement in physical activity by a group of older adults in a thermal spa resort, as a consequence of the inclusion of additional physical education sessions within their usual care offers. A cohort of 42 participants (70.4 ± 4.5 years) underwent three weeks of thermal treatment with additional physical education (PE) sessions. Measurements were established during the intervention in 2 periods (baseline and final thermal treatment evaluation) and 4 periods of measurements in the follow-up (+15 days, +2 months, +6 months, and +1 year). Physical measures (anthropometrics, flexibility, and 6-minute walk test) and intrapersonal and psychosocial factors as well as health-related quality of life (HQOL) and physical activity (PA) were self-reported by participants. Only HQOL and PA were assessed during the follow-up. One year after a 3-week PE session combined with the usual thermal care, 64% of the participants exhibited a higher volume of PA than at baseline. The components of the HQOL changed during the follow-up. This strategy to maintain PA engagement appears to be feasible in a population of thermal care older adults. This work demonstrates the feasibility of a study conducted to maintain physical activity engagement after a thermal treatment.