Surprised by the level of exercise reported, Quinn Griffin said this study shows that just because someone is overweight does not mean they are not exercising or considering it.
Those with lower BMI scores in the obese range tended to exercise more. "This verified other research information that the higher their BMI, the less active people were," Quinn Griffin said, adding this is reflective of the overall population.
Quinn Griffin also explained that the more one exercised, the more benefits individuals saw in being active.
The research offers information for NPs who see overweight or obese patients, may help them make decision about exercising, and then follow up on those intentions at future visits.
Quinn Griffin said nurse practitioners, who see patients for routine health visits and checks ups, have an opportunity to help people move from contemplating exercising to starting.
She added that because a nurse practitioner knows the individual's health condition, the health professional can tailor an exercise routine to benefit particular needs.
"They can also encourage taking small steps like starting out walking," she said.
The study's participants were also asked if they had a dog at home. More than half did. A pet dog offers a beneficial reason for both the dog and person to take a walk.
Another small step can be to encourage individuals to purchase a pedometer. Only 28 percent of those surveyed reported owning one. Many do not realize how far they can walk in a short period of time, Quinn Griffin explained.
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