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Be confident, be active

Building confidence can increase short-term physical activity. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, were divided into three groups. One group took a self-confidence program with a specific message.

Janet Larson at the University of Michigan says the message is:

“Exercise is fun. Any increase in physical activity will provide some health benefits.” (10 seconds)

Activity levels were compared between the groups to measure the effects of the program.

“The group that received the confidence-building program increased their light physical activity by an average of 20 minutes a day.” (8 seconds)

The study, presented at the American Thoracic Society 2011 Conference in Denver, was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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