What is Exercise?

Category: Exercises

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Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is performed for various reasons. These include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Patellofemoral pain syndrome 59 8
General health 53 31
Improve flexibility/strength 31 24
Fibromyalgia 7 5
Balance problems 5 2

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 9
Mild 21
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Exercise

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain 4
Muscle and joint pain 3
Muscle soreness 3
Fatigue 2
Muscle aches 2
Pain in lower back 2

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Based on patients currently doing Exercise

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 hr daily 3
30 min daily 3
3 other weekly 1
8 hr weekly 1
50 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Exercise

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 7
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 2
I didn't have enough time 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped doing Exercise


Currently doing Exercise

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 5

Stopped doing Exercise

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 13
Usually 34
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 4
< $25 36
Not specified 16
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4 patient evaluations for Exercise

Jun 27, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr M,W,F
Advice & Tips: My exercise program is difficult to describe, as it is always changing. Many factors convinced me to finally become more active. I was already managing my MS quite well with diet alone, but I was weak. Interested in activities that required minimal or no physical activity. After some negative news from an MRI scan, my neurologist urged me to start exercising like they had done many times before. Around Christmas of 2011 I signed up for a PE class, that was ironically mostly online, to fulfill a general in my degree. I made a decision that now was the time to change my pathetic physique. I decided I would buy and Xbox with Kinect as an interactive exercise motivation. To my surprise that worked quite well. I quickly became interested in more challenging routines and more difficult activities. once my 7 week long online pe class was over I was confident that I knew enough to start weight training and doing self lead cardiovascular activities. Last month, may 2012 I took two more pe classes that were a few weeks long. This fulfilled my final pe requirements and helped solidify the methods that are most beneficial. Today I do an average of 30 or more min of cardio each day, and lift weights every other day. I do my best to use every muscle group and not ignore anything. Of course some days I do very little, but I always strive for more intensity each new week as I am interested in progressive improvement for the next 10 years or so. a few months ago I started keeping track of all my activity in a journal like composition book. I plan to continue this until I have reached my lofty goals. My distant goals include things such as: (100 proper push-ups in under 2 min, 3000 proper jumping jacks in under 50min, 25 proper pull-ups/chin-ups in under 1 min, Running a 6minute mile)
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 23, 2012 (Started Sep 15, 1965)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle aches, fatigue)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Daily
Advice & Tips: For some reason, "Exercise" is separate from "Physical Exercise". So see the latter for my evaluation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 1, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I choose to do a 2 mile run because it helps my mental state. Anyone who has not engaged in any exercise in recent years or after any life changing event should begin slow and build according to each of their needs. It should be fun and the challenges should be personal.

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