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How to advise about exercise

How to advise about exercise



Time to Complete

0.5 hours


June 30, 2015


January 12, 2017

Programme description

This article by Dr Brian Johnson summarises current guidelines on exercise and advises on how to conduct a brief assessment of the exercise patients are doing. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include giving lifestyle advice, The Exercise Vital Sign assessment, and the benefits of regular physical activity.

Educational objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Recall national recommendations about exercise
  • List the benefits of exercise
  • Calculate patients’ average minutes of exercise per week
  • Advise patients on increasing exercise
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Brian Johnson
    GP and honorary medical adviser
    Public Health Wales
    United Kingdom

    Test author
    Dr Katie Collier
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time. This activity is offered at no cost.


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