Motivating Patients to Exercise

Dr. RW links to a Medical Economics article with tips on helping patients to start an exercise program.

You can even download free exercise videos for your iPod from the iPod Gym.

Another option is iWorkout iPod (Mac-only).

According to a study reviewed by Science Blog, daily brisk exercise reportedly decreases the risk of pemature death by 70%. The study found that “highly fit” men had half the risk of death compared to “low fit” men. For every 1-MET increase in exercise capacity, the risk for death from all causes was 13% lower.

Prticipation in sport is associated with a with a 20—40% reduction in all-cause mortality compared with non-participation. Exercise might also be considered as a fifth vital sign, according to the Lancet:

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Updated: 01/23/2008

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