Exercise prescription for the overweight and the obese: How to quantify and yet keep it simple

R. Ehrsam, U. Hoerler-Koerner, S. Stoffel, T. Melges, Barbara Ainsworth

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-953
Number of pages3
JournalBritish journal of sports medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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