Applied Exercise Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide to Improving Client Health and Fitness

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Chapter 6
Basic Applied Exercise
Physiology for Consultants

It is not the intention of this chapter to require consultants to become exercise physiologists in order to provide appropriate counsel to their clients. However, as a performance counselor who included exercise as a form of behavioral therapy, I found that my understanding of basic exercise physiology allowed me to make valid and important recommendations for beginning an exercise program. In addition, I have found that the vast majority of individuals who begin an exercise program engage in wrong techniques or omit proper procedures that would make the exercise experience more enjoyable and effective. No wonder the rate of dropping out of fitness-related programs is an astronomical 50–60% within the first 3 to 6 months. Therefore, this chapter is included in the book so that MHPs can provide their clients with accurate information that will separate fact from fiction on exercise technique and facilitate a proper approach to starting an exercise program.


IDENTIFYING FITNESS NEEDS

Although each individual's motives for engaging in regular exercise may differ, all of us have very similar fitness needs and must experience similar exercise outcomes. While MHPs are not in the position

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