Promoting Treatment Adherence provides health care providers with a comprehensive set of information and strategies for understanding and promoting treatment adherence across a wide range of treatment types and clinical populations. The information is presented in a practical how-to manner, and is intended as a resource that practitioners can draw from to improve skills in promoting treatment adherence. 

Adherence to Exercise Regimens

Adherence to exercise regimens
Jessica A.Whiteley
David M.Williams
Bess H.Marcus

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, 2000) defines exercise as “planned, structured and repetitive bodily movement done to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness” (p. 4). Exercise is viewed as a subclass of physical activity which is defined as “bodily movement that is produced by the contraction of skeletal muscle and that substantially increases energy expenditure” (ACSM, 2000, p. 4). According to these definitions, walking briskly for 20 minutes is an example of exercise. This behavior would also be considered physical activity; however, other nonexercise behaviors, such as walking from the car to the grocery store, painting a house, and gardening are also considered to be physical activities. A further ...

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