Tips for Helping Clients Meet Energy Expenditure Goals

Schneider, Patrick Ph.D.; Kaminsky, Leonard A. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2006 - Volume 10 - Issue 3 - pp 15-21
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To learn how to distinguish between a physical activity versus an exercise recommendation, to understand the current physical activity recommendations, and to learn how to individualize an activity/exercise recommendation to meet an individual's energy expenditure goals with specific attention paid to the interaction between frequency, duration, and intensity.

Many health/fitness professionals prescribe activity or exercise with specific energy expenditure goals in mind. This article describes how to individualize an activity/exercise recommendation to meet a client's health/fitness goals by considering the interaction of frequency, duration, and intensity to help optimize exercise energy expenditure.

Patrick L. Schneider, Ph.D., is ACSM Exercise Specialist® certified, the associate coordinator of the Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and an assistant professor of Exercise Science at Ball State University. His research focuses on the assessment of physical activity and the use of pedometers to promote a physically active lifestyle.

Leonard A. Kaminsky, Ph.D, FACSM, is ACSM Program Director® certified, the coordinator of the Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and a full professor of Exercise Science at Ball State University. His research focuses on the health benefits associated with physical activity and exercise.

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