Listen to the patient about what it is that they want to get from life. In the sales context, there’s no point trying to sell someone a car which goes from 0-60 in six seconds, if what they want to do is know that it’s got enough room in the back to put a wheelchair and a bag of rubbish down the thing. So, the same with health care; the longer the clinician spends taking a history from the patient about what is normal for them, the better the assessment of needs of the patient is going to be.
There is no “typical” patient.
Exercise is … a very broad term that means very different things to different people. To a lot of people, and to me included, it means going down to the gym and sweating; it’s awful. The idea of doing that is very off-putting….. So, instead of using the term ‘exercise’, ask the question, ‘what are you doing when you’re not being still?