Low-Intensity Exercise as a Treatment Intervention in Obese Adults

  • Mark Verschell

This chapter presents a summary of low-intensity exercise as it pertains to the prescription of safe and effective treatment plans by obesity healthcare providers. At first thought, the prescription of low-intensity exercise might seem imprudent in comparison to commonly endorsed criteria of physical fitness, such as “the lifelong ability to perform moderate-to-vigorous levels of physical activity without experiencing excessive fatigue” (American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM], 1998). In fact, low-intensity exercise may, in some cases, prove insufficient for improving objective measures of cardiorespiratory fitness. For many patients, however, these are points of moot debate. Physical limitations and individual differences in exertion tolerance often preclude augmentation of exercise intensity as a productive target of treatment. Clinical obesity management therefore emphasizes the adoption of consistent and balanced health behaviors, including the progressive approximation of...


Physical Activity Resistance Training Exercise Intensity Physical Fitness Strength Training 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Psychology Service, Department of PsychologyTripler Army Medical CenterHonoluluUSA

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