Exercise Prescription

June 22, 2010  |   Posted by :   |   Services   |   2 Comments»

An exercise prescription is a plan that Dr. Glaser guides patients on the best way to exercise and stay healthy for that individual. The fundamental components of an exercise prescription are the mode, intensity, duration, frequency, and progression of physical activity. Then, specific exercise goals are defined, and the strategy for meeting those goals is developed. Dr. Glaser works with the patient to formulate a well-developed plan and to apply behavioral modification strategies to overcome any barriers.

The American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend exercising for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most if not all days of the week for health related benefits. For those individuals who exercise at higher intensities such as 60-90% of predicted exercise capacity, they may meet their health benefits by exercising three times a week. Exercising at 60-90% of maximum predicted exercise capacity is only recommended for individuals who exercise regularly and have been cleared by their physician to start exercising at that intensity. The majority of individuals who do not exercise regularly should start out at 40-50% and work their way up over two to three months.
Two methods for determining your target heart rate (THR):
1. THR = MHR x desired intensity level or percentage

  • MHR=220-age
  • Limitations of this method with individuals who are on calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, and elderly patients

2. THR= (MHR-RHR) x %intensity + RHR

  • HRR=MHR–RHR
  • RHR = Resting Heart Rate
  • Benefits of this method are that is closer to matching your VO2 max.
  • The limitation is that this can be difficult for patients to use.

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  • Ada Hanses

    June 21st, 2013 on 1:57 am

    Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways.^:,^

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