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Exercise prescription for the overweight and the obese: how to quantify and yet keep it simple
  1. R Ehrsam1,
  2. U Hoerler-Koerner2,
  3. S Stoffel2,
  4. T Melges2,
  5. B Ainsworth3
  1. 1
    Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Division, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate, Israel
  2. 2
    Institute for Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  3. 3
    Department of Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, Politechnic Campus, Mesa, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr R Ehrsam, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Division, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate 42902, Israel; Rolf.ehrsam{at}unibas.ch

Abstract

An activity point system (APS) is presented that assists healthcare providers and health professionals with a way to prescribe exercise in a semiquantitative manner and to motivate their patients to begin an exercise programme. Activity points are specific to one’s body weight, body mass index and activity intensity for 10-minute bouts of activity performed. With a goal of accumulating 100–300 activity points per week, the APS provides a simple yet quantitatively accurate way to prescribe exercise for overweight and obese adults.

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