Decisional balance

Participants are asked to complete a decisional balance chart, which involves comparing the perceived pros and cons of being active. Patients should be encouraged to identify the benefits gained during the phase III exercise programme. Examples of benefits stated by patients include increased fitness, improved well being, increased confidence and weight management. The importance of remaining active in order to maintain these benefits should be emphasised.

Then individuals should consider additional benefits they would gain by remaining active in the long term: preventing another heart attack, improving quality of life, living longer and controlling weight. Patients are also asked to explore their perceived cons (costs) of being active: examples of perceived costs of being active experienced by patients include having to make time for exercise and not liking to walk in bad weather. The aim of the decisional balance chart is to help individuals realise that the pros of being active outweigh the cons. This is an effective technique for improving exercise adherence (Nigg, et al, 1997).

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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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