Just in time for the New Year, Steven N. Blair, PhD, FACSM, gives us an outline of some of the techniques he uses to help change patient behavior. First, have the patients establish “where they are” by self-monitoring — this can be done with an accelerometer or step tracker. Next, set a reasonable goal to get patients moving slowly towards 10,000 steps a day. If they don’t reach a particular goal, then use problem solving techniques. The most common reason adults don’t reach their goals is because they are “too busy” so Dr. Blair always asks if they own a television pointing out that the average American adult watches 4-5 hours a day. He suggest taking 30 minutes of that time and walking or even simpler, walking in place during commercials! Another critical factor is identifying social support — people often don’t take this into consideration….
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Steven N. Blair, PhD, FACSM is Professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina; and Executive Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, University of North Texas. He also is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the College of Education at the University of Houston. Dr. Blair is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).