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Table 3 Overview of the 12-week experimental intervention: the HOMEfit exercise programme

From: Effects of an exercise programme for chronically ill and mobility-restricted elderly with structured support by the general practitioner's practice (HOMEfit) - study protocol of a randomised controlled trial

Session no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Intervention week no. 1 2 4 5 7 8 11 12
Type of contact face-to-face face-to-face face-to-face by telephone face-to-face by telephone face-to-face by telephone
Main topic Getting started Strength Endurance PA and specific medical conditions Balance Barriers and resources to PA Flexibility Living an active life
Beginning Motives for participation
Current PA behaviour and exercise biography
Identification of state of health and feeling
Action control-Reflection of the previous week(s)
Clarification of session topic
Theoretical part General health benefits of PA, recommendations for health-enhancing PA
Goal setting for the end of the intervention
The programme, organisational aspects
Begin exercising-hints and safety tips
Significance of strength for health and everyday life
How to improve strength
Significance of endurance for health and everyday life
How to improve endurance
Benefits of PA for prevention and treatment of a specific medical condition, e.g. coronary heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis (according to patient's choice) Significance of balance for health and everyday life (fear of falling)
How to improve balance
Identification of individual barriers and resources to physical activity (significance of social support)
Strategies for dealing with barriers
Significance of flexibility for health and everyday life
How to improve flexibility
Lifestyle PA
Staying physically active
Falling back into inactive behaviour
Practice Body perception: Active standing
Warm-up programme
Warm-up programme
Strength exercises
Warm-up programme
Short walking session outside
  Warm-up programme
Balance exercises
  Warm-up programme
Flexibility exercises
 
Conclusion Goal setting and action planning for the following week Goal setting and action planning for the following two weeks Goal setting and action planning for the following week Goal setting and action planning for the following two weeks Goal setting and action planning for the following week Goal setting, action planning and coping planning for the following three weeks Goal setting, action planning and coping planning for the following week Goal setting, action planning and coping planning for the near future
  1. PA = physical activity