Can healthy behavioural patterns be changed?

Can healthy behavioural patterns be changed?

Can healthy behavioural patterns be changed?

Children watch and learn from observing role model behaviours. Parenting environment may influence a child's learnt skills in exercise and healthy eating. Children imitate parents behaviours, and some behaviours may well be imitated as early as 15 months of age (2013; Stiefel C). 

Previous research shows that even with poor socioeconomic factors, this did not affect the children's physical activity, but there were mixed results with healthy dietary habits.

Behaviour is a progressive environment and relationship response. Some authors claim that a learnt behaviour may take a little as 3 months to develop. Selecting exercise that is stimulating and enjoyable is one of the main factors in developing a progressive change (2002; Schlinger H.D). 

Benefits of exercise:

  • improved self-esteem
  • balance and posture
  • concentration and cognitive skills
  • improved strength, coordination and muscle control
  • socialisation skills
  • less likely to develop chronic diseases
  • maintain healthy weight

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