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Regular Exercise Is Strongly Associated With Anticipated Success for Reducing Health Risks

Wasson, John H. MD

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAC.0000450881.58195.6a
Original Articles

Regular exercise is a healthy behavior associated with desirable benefits. Regular exercise also makes manifest 2 fundamental behaviors—a choice and the discipline to continuously act on that choice. This cross-sectional analysis of more than 10 000 adults examines the association of regular exercise with unhealthy behaviors. Compared with people who are more regularly exercising, nonexercisers are less likely to choose to change an unhealthy habit. Nonexercisers are also much less likely to be confident of their success when they do choose a habit to change. Regular exercise seems to be a gateway behavior for reducing other unhealthy habits.

Author Information

The Dartmouth Institute, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Correspondence: John H. Wasson, MD, The Dartmouth Institute, 46 Centerra Parkway Lebanon, NH 03766 (

John Wasson is the President of FNX Corporation, which distributes under license with the Trustees of Dartmouth College the Internet tool used to examine the patient-reported adverse experiences that are the basis for this report.

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