How to progress physical activity and track progressAn individualized physical activity program will include specific activities for specific impairments or limitations. A goal-based physical activity program addressed at improving function and decreasing disability is important for compliance.
Use an "activity log" (download PDF here) to track progress by noting the specific activity performed, as well as the intensity and duration of each activity. This chart is used to document progress toward goals and to show the healthcare provider on follow-up visits. Use either a monthly or weekly chart (below) to track progress.
Once the physical activity program has been established (including exercise prescription & goals), individuals must learn how to progress the activities. The following progressions are defined:
Duration: The length or number of the activities/exercises (time, sets, repetitions)
Intensity: The level of the activity (noted by resistance or Rating of Perceived Exertion)
Progression is the key to improving fitness. Progression simply involves increasing the duration or intensity of an activity toward individual goals.
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