Registered nurses' beliefs of the benefits of exercise, their exercise behaviour and their patient teaching regarding exercise

Int J Nurs Pract. 2011 Aug;17(4):351-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01951.x.


Recommendations by experts have been in place for > 10 years encouraging every adult to participate in ≥ 30 min of daily moderate-intensity physical activity. Despite extensive research supporting the value of physical activity, only about one-third of all adults meet physical activity recommendations. Using Pender's Health Promotion Theory as the framework, this study was focused on the relationships between nurses' beliefs regarding the benefits of exercise, their exercise behaviour and their recommendation of exercise for health promotion or as part of a treatment plan. Results showed positive correlations between exercise benefits, physical activity and recommendation of exercise to patients. Nurses who believe in health promotion and embrace healthy behaviours are more likely to be positive role models and teach healthy behaviours to their patients. Recommendations for practice and future research are included.

MeSH terms

  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*