How to Deal with this Patient Obstacle and Avoid Exercise Fatigue

It’s aggravating when patients don’t perform their workouts. We spend time giving them activities and are convinced that they understand the requirements for at-home practise. When we inquire how their workouts went the previous week, however, we often hear a tepid reaction or uncertainty from our patients. When we dig a bit further, we discover that they either didn’t complete their workouts or did them “occasionally.” When patients do not follow through, it might be irritating, but it is not unusual.

According to research on exercise adherence, exercise adherence might be around or even below 50% (Eckard et al, 2015).
For a long time, I’ve been fascinated with exercise adherence. I view it as a great tool for assisting patients in achieving better outcomes. Better adherence helps direct therapy and provides a stronger signal about treatment and exercise impacts, which increases one’s capacity to remain in a state of flow.

Poor adherence leads in poor outcomes or a move to passive therapy, as I’ve seen in my own professional practise.

Educating our patients with behavior modification goes beyond exercise and might involve stress management, sleep patterns, and other adjustments. That is why I believe it is such a critical area for a physiotherapist.

I established a framework for my patient exercise adherence workshop a few years ago that looks at what I feel are the main factors required to see patients succeed in developing new exercise and movement habits. It addresses the questions “What,” “Who,” “How,” and “Why.”


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