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By Dr. Roya Salehoun
Published on January 9, 2013

Understanding your prescribed exercise program will help you be consistent.


Have you ever received a home exercise program from your health professional and threw it away? Given up half-way through completing the exercises? Never  understood the importance of regularly completing them?

The reality is, it is important that you perform the exercises prescribed by your health professional, and that you are as consistent as possible with the program. The key to successful and lasting results is consistency of training!

By regularly performing the identified exercises or activities, your body will slowly begin to change in terms of its flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. While many people are issued an independent exercise program as their sole form of treatment, some people require more direct supervision and more precise control of the exercise than can be achieved at home. If you feel your program is not helping you, please bring this to the attention of your health professional. If, after several attempts at an independent exercise program, you still have not achieved your goals, treatment on site may be necessary.

We hope you find success in your independent home exercise program. If you experience any difficulties with your program or have any questions, make sure to contact your health professional.

Glossary of Exercise Terms

Repetition: the performance of the exercise one time. For example, bending and straightening the elbow would be one repetition.

Set: performance of all the prescribed repetitions one time. For example, if the exercise needs 10 repetitions of bending the elbow, this would be one set. If the instructions say 3 sets, it means do 10 repetitions, rest, do another 10, rest, and then do the last 10.

Times/day: number of daily sessions that the repetitions and sets are to be performed.

Hold: pertains mainly to stretches. It means how long you maintain the stretch or position. For example, if you are to stretch your arm over your head and hold 3 seconds, you would keep your arm over your head for three seconds

Rate: related to how fast the repetition is performed. For example, if the rate says one repetition per three seconds for bending and straightening the elbow, it would take you 3 seconds to bend and straighten your elbow.

Good luck with your exercise program!