How to Motivate Sedentary People to Be More Active

A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing many diseases [24-27], particularly colon cancer and breast cancer. A sedentary lifestyle has become more and more prevalent during the last decade, as shown for example by successive "Swiss Health Surveys" [28]. In 2002, up to two-third of Swiss people reported that they practiced less physical activity than is minimally recommended [29, 30] (30 minutes per day of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, or 3x20 minutes per week of vigorous intensity physical activity, such as jogging or other forms of cardio-respiratory training). It has been estimated that a sedentary lifestyle is annually responsible for 1.4 million disease cases, 2,000 deaths and 1.6 billion Swiss francs of treatment costs [31].

The efficacy of primary care physicians in changing unhealthy lifestyle habits has already been demonstrated in other fields (smoking cessation for example), particularly when they have been adequately trained [21]. With regard to physical activity promotion in a primary care setting, more than 20 original papers [32-51] and ten reviews of the literature have been published [52-61]. There is a fair amount of evidence

Fig. 2.1 Dose-response curve for physical activity and health, (Adapted from Pate et al. 1995

Fig. 2.1 Dose-response curve for physical activity and health, (Adapted from Pate et al. 1995

that multi-session interventions are efficient, at least in the short term. As demonstrated by Ea-kin et al. in a recent review [62], little is known, on the other hand, about physicians' compliance to physical activity counselling. However, many health agencies (The Department of Health and Human Services, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Heart Association) do recommend that physicians provide their sedentary patients with counselling about the health benefits of regular physical activity.

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