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The 30 Second Annual Checkup?

Authored by IHRSA

“I don’t have enough time” is probably the most common excuse for not exercising, which is one of the reasons why the 7 Minute Workout has become a fitness sensation for individuals healthy enough to participate. 

According to the NY Times, the 7 Minute Workout “fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.”

And since the 7 Minute Workout requires nothing more than a wall and chair to complete, it goes a long way toward eliminating barriers to exercise on those days when a trip to the gym or local bike trail are out of the question.

I’m wondering if the concept of the 7 Minute Workout – condensing the elements of a program to maximize efficiency for time strapped individuals – could be applied in the primary care setting.

How about a 30-Second Annual Checkup?

Just the following two questions…

  1. In the last 7 days, on how many did you do moderate to strenuous exercise, like taking a brisk walk? 
  2. On the days that you engaged in moderate to strenuous exercise, how many minutes, on average, did you exercise at this level? (Based on the “exercise vital signs” developed by Kaiser-Permanente.)

 …and an appropriate exercise prescription.

Now, let me be clear. I am not a doctor and I am totally unqualified to be discussing medical protocol. But given a situation where a physician has a very limited window of time to gather information and provide feedback to a patient, is it unreasonable to think that physical activity should be the first topic of discussion?


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