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A microcomputer-assisted exercise prescription for use by family physicians.

Authors
  • Brown, W D
  • Cordes, D H
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of family practice
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1988
Volume
27
Issue
3
Pages
267–270
Identifiers
PMID: 3418299
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Family physicians frequently advise their patients on choosing and implementing regular programs of exercise. This report describes techniques of submaximal aerobic fitness assessment and microcomputer-assisted exercise prescription suitable for use in office-based practice. A submaximal bench step test is used for the estimation of aerobic fitness. A BASIC program operating on a Macintosh provides calculations of fitness levels and produces an individualized exercise prescription. While obviously not suitable for every patient, this approach is practical for young to middle-aged low-risk individuals interested in beginning regular training programs.

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