|Mode of deliverya||Topic||Content||Constructs addressed|
|Walking guide; one-on-one consultations||Provide opportunities and social support; correct misperceptions||
Provide tips on finding opportunities in the environment for walking;|
Discuss barriers to doing the program and ways to overcome them in the future;
Discuss walking as an activity readily available (e.g., can walk anyway, inexpensive);
Suggest that friends or family be asked to provide encouragement and support for doing the program.
|Walking guide; one-on-one consultations||Provide opportunities for experiencing benefits and learning what to expect from changing behaviour||
Address health benefits of walking and other physical activities for OA sufferers;|
Explain normal bodily responses to starting a walking program;
Provide warning signs of excessive exercise.
|Walking guide||Rewarding for behaviour change||
Discuss positive impact of walking on OA symptoms;|
Describe physiological benefits of walking as rewards for increasing walking behaviour.
|Walking guide; one-one-one consultations||
Discuss and demonstrate proper walking techniques pertaining to posture, arm motion, taking a step, walking stride, and pace;|
Discuss 'safe' walking;
Advice on selecting walking shoes;
Discuss the use of short bouts (1500 steps) of walking to improve health and OA symptoms;
Instruct to increase steps at own rate;
Display stretching exercises.
Walking guide; pedometer;|
weekly planners; one-one consultations
Provide use of a pedometer for 12 weeks;|
Advice on and review of setting step goals;
Guide in writing weekly step goals on log sheet and request a copy be sent to researchers weekly;
Guide in monitoring step counts of each program walk with log sheet and request a copy be sent to researchers weekly.
Guide in planning walks (specifying time, place and steps to walk) using a weekly planner.
|Walking guide; one-on-one consultations||Self-talk||Provide techniques for replacing negative self-statements with positive ones.||Emotional-coping responses|