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Physical Activity Prescription

Physical Activity Prescription

Physical Activity Prescription

This course includes
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Certificate of completion

Welcome to Elective 1 of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate

Physical Activity Prescription



The literature cites physical inactivity as the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Overwhelming evidence shows that regular physical activity demonstrates protective and anti-inflammatory effects for the mind and body. Beyond the obvious physical benefits it provides, physical activity is known to be a cornerstone in the primary prevention of at least 35 chronic conditions (Booth et al., 2012), such as musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain and osteoarthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases, pulmonary conditions, neurological and neurodegenerative disease, some types of cancer, and mental health conditions such as depression, stress, and anxiety. 

Exercise is medicine, and yet, the data shows that though therapists are capable and qualified, they are not necessarily comfortable or well equipped to counsel their patients on the American guidelines for physical activity. This course will prepare therapists to counsel, motivate, and help their patients and clients toward meeting the recommended American Guidelines for Physical Activity. All ages and conditions across the lifespan, from health populations to chronic conditions, will be covered in order to prepare the therapist to meet the 21st century needs of an increasingly inactive and chronically ill global population. 


Clinical Objectives

There are two parts to this course. The learning objectives for each part of the course are listed below.

In Part 1, you will learn:

  1. Define physical activity and physical exercise. 
  2. List the evidence-based guidelines for physical activity across the lifespan according to the US Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAGA).
  3. Identify the major types of physical activity. 
  4. Cite the evidence that links emotional status to physical activity. 
  5. Cite the evidence that links obesity to physical activity levels. 
  6. List standardized physical activity assessments. 
  7. Create exercise prescription in a case study format. 


In Part 2, you will learn:

  1. Define the biopsychosocial benefits of regular physical activity. 
  2. Define METS and how they are used in physical activity assessment. 
  3. Define aerobic, strength, flexibility, and balance exercise. 
  4. Summarize the link between practitioner role modeling and patient adherence. 
  5. Discuss ways to foster sustainable physical activity in patient care. 
  6. Cite the evidence base which supports physical activity prescription for the following conditions: geriatrics, prenatal, postpartum, stroke, heart attack, obesity, cancer, and general debility. 
  7. Write an exercise prescription with all required components.


Who is this Course for?

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions


Please note: This course is a part of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate by Dr. Ginger Garner. You can take this course as a stand-alone course. You can choose to take each module separately or purchase the entire course track. It is recommended to take all modules of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine certificate in the order they are laid out in the course track. It is required to take all modules to receive your certificate. You are only eligible to receive CEUs if you take all modules. CEUs are not awarded for individual modules, but rather for completing the entire course certificate.

You can view the entire certificate program by clicking here.

The instructors
Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is an active clinician, author, teacher, and longtime advocate for improving access to physical therapy services. She is the CEO of Living Well Institute which she founded in 2000 to teach therapists how to integrate Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine practices into clinical and health promotion practice. Board certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM) and a certified Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT), Ginger has spent 26 years designing best-evidence yoga-based physical therapy programs. Her private practice, EudeMOMia®, located in Greensboro NC, offers a unique model of virtual services and in-person care. Ginger is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for 4 foreign translations and currently published in English and Italian. As an international speaker and educator, she has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide and has taught in 6 continents across a range of topics impacting the pelvic girdle. Ginger is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA NC Chapter.

Ginger lives in Greensboro, NC with her partner, 3 sons, and their rescue pup, Scout Finch. Visit Ginger at and

Course Material included in this course
  • Exercise Elective 1
  • Handouts
  • Physical Activity Prescription
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Physical Activity Types
  • Obesity & Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health
  • Screening
  • Exercise Prescription Case Study
  • Feedback
  • Exercise Elective 2
  • Handouts
  • History of Physical Activity Guides
  • Measuring Physical Activity
  • Writing a Prescription
  • Role Modeling
  • Sustainable Physical Activity
  • Biopsychosocial Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Special Populations
  • Feedback
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