Prior to prescribing physical activity to your patients, it’s important to determine their Exercise Stage of Change." Some patients may only be ready for encouragement; some will be prepared to take steps toward reducing sedentary behavior and/or becoming more active; and others will be ready to receive a physical activity prescription and referral to certified exercise professionals. This readiness to change table provides a brief outline of the five stages of change and recommended steps for patients in each stage.

Proceed to Step 3: Prescribe Physical Activity to Your Patients
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