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FAB activity

Encouraging your patients to participate in regular physical activity will not only help them achieve their weight loss goals, but will also improve their overall fitness and increase their energy levels.

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Types of activity

Becoming more physically active needn’t be expensive and time-consuming. There are many easy ways your patients can add physical activity to their daily lives.

  • Suggest they take the stairs instead of the lift, or park at the back of the car park at the supermarket. This helps to introduce more physical activity in to everyday tasks.
  • Getting off the bus a couple of stops early increases overall activity.
  • Going for a walk is a free form of exercise and can be done rain or shine.
  • Gardening and other household chores are good ways to burn energy day to day.
  • Taking the children to the park is a great way of exercising without missing out on family time.
  • For children and young people, determine the types of activities they enjoy and get them involved in their school and community teams and activities.

Amount of activity

  • If your patient is not used to physical activity, they should be encouraged to start slowly and build up over time. 5-10 per day minutes is sufficient to begin with.
  • As well as aiming to be more active, ask patients to make an effort to spent less time doing sedentary activities like watching television. This is especially important and effective for children and young people.
  • Encourage adult patients to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) on most or all days of the week over time. This amount is recommended for health benefits and weight maintenance.
  • At least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) on most or all days of the week is recommended for weight loss.
  • Encourage children and young people to aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity on most or all days of the week over time.

Group activities

  • Ask your patient about any group-based activities they are interested in, or if there are any traditional or customary activities they enjoy.
  • Consider referring your patient to a physical activity programme such as Green Prescription.