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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 196-198

Physical activity: The need of a physician's prescription

Family and Community Medicine Center, Najran Armed Forces Hospital, Najran, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Imed Harrabi
Family and Community Medicine Center, Najran Armed Forces Hospital, Najran
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210385

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Healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to influence the sedentary epidemic trend by prescribing physical activity more frequently and more precisely. Specific written exercise prescriptions can increase patient compliance substantially. Methodical physical activity counseling, even for a short duration, will at least to some degree increase the weekly physical activity of previously sedentary patients. Frequency, intensity, timing and type are the key elements of physical activity prescription.

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