Teaching clients to deal with stress is a better approach. We all have stress of some type. Some stress is good, some bad, and all types of stress are necessary for growth and development. Dealing with stress productively is the key. Things like sedentary life style and deconditioned fitness are detrimental to dealing with stress. Getting clients to see the benefit of exercise is not the hard part. Getting them to move past habitual reactions to stress and slowly adjust their lifestyle to incorporate exercise and stress management is the difficult part. Start small, work on becoming consistent, and continually reinforce that set backs are not stopping points.