A number of studies have shown that the most triggering behavior pattern change is the focus on individual’s lifestyle all together rather than just on a diet or exercise alone. Once lifestyle patterns are identified, individual behaviors can be applied to a diet, physical activity and weight loss in general.
Throughout a lifetime dietary intake and physical activity are lifestyle behaviors, which are learned, developed, and applied. These lifestyle habits are playing a major role in health and quality of life. We all know that despite highly promoted benefits of behavior change, it could be extremely challenging to actually make a change. It gets even harder to correct societal misperception, as we are aging, obesity and diseases can’t be avoided. Which is maybe even a bigger hurdle than overcoming a prominent cultural message.
Further, any activity such ag group classes or gyms, running or walking groups, painting or gardening, cooking clubs or even volunteering proved to work in improving health and well-being. This was reported by a group of people with long-term conditions. Seems that the key to success was a ‘Link Worker’ who directed participants of the study to select their activity, and supported them every step of the way.
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