Self-Assessment - Physical Activity

Please note that links to additional materials can be found in the text and at the bottom of this page.


Determine what skills and behavior changes will help you become more physically active. Consider the advice on how hard you should exercise.

How Hard Should You Exercise?

What is easy for one person may be hard for another. Listen to your body. You are the best judge of how hard you should exercise (PDF). Start slowly with easy activities and gradually build to those that are more challenging.

MOVE!® Weight Management Program Handout (PDF)

How hard should I exercise? (PDF)

Changing Old Habits

You can replace old, bad habits with healthier, new ones by becoming aware of your actions. However, changing too many things all at once may be difficult and stressful. It is better to change only one or two things at a time. Here are strategies to help you change your behavior (PDF) permanently.

MOVE!® Weight Management Program Handouts (PDF)

Old Habits Die Hard

Change your Behavior

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Reviewed/Updated Date: January 2012
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. Linda Kinsinger
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, Sophia Hurley
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Rose Mary Pries, Dr. Pam Hebert

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

Stop putting things off! Pick one thing you have been putting off such as scheduling an appointment, running an errand, or returning a phone call, and do it immediately. Taking care of one nagging responsibility can be revitalizing and can improve your overall attitude.

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