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:
balance and posture
concentration and cognitive skills
improved strength, coordination and muscle control
less likely to develop chronic diseases
maintain healthy weight
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