Help Patient’s Love Themselves: Part 2 – Weight Loss & Physical Activity

Learning to love ourselves and making sure our bodies and minds are healthy is not as easy as it seems. Teaching patients to do the same can be even more of a challenge. But, using health coaching techniques, such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Active Listening & Goal Setting, it can be made easier.

Throughout this Valentine’s themed series, we will focus on ways to love yourself, or to get your patients to love themselves using healthy techniques. Today’s blog will specifically touch on weight loss and physical activity recommendations.

There are five primary factors to consider when looking at why someone is overweight: Environment, Family History, Genetics, Metabolism, and Entrenched Behaviors (Habits). Clearly some of these are easier to change than others. Just keep in mind that goals for weight loss and management that are determined by the clients themselves are better predictors of success over an individual’s readiness or motivation. So, help them understand what may be contributing to their weight and guide them in setting goals, but make sure they set the goals themselves.

One of the ways we can help control our weight is by eating healthy, like we discussed in yesterday’s blog. Another way is through physical activity. The recommendations on physical activity vary by age and other factors including health, so make sure you know any health risks exercise may present for your patient.

Here are some suggestions for Moderate and Vigorous exercise types:

Moderate Exercise 

  • Brisk Walking
  • General gardening (raking etc.)
  • Using hand-ergometers
  • Catch and throw sports (baseball, volleyball, etc.)
  • Biking on level ground
  • Line dancing
  • Water aerobics

Vigorous Exercise

  • Race walking
  • Heavy gardening (digging etc.)
  • Jumping rope
  • Running sports (soccer, basketball)
  • Biking faster than 10 miles/hour
  • Aerobic or fast dancing
  • Swimming laps



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