A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ASSIGNMENT
3. What strategies could you use to influence levels of exercise within a community close to where you live?
Exercising keeps people involved physically which significantly improves their wellbeing and maintain physical fitness. In order to maintain healthy individuals in a community, exercise levels must be improved. Several strategies can be employed to influence the exercise levels.
The public should be educated on the health benefits of exercising. This could be done by conducting campaigns that promote awareness on the benefits of exercising. Banners and flyers could also be printed and placed at strategic places such as notice boards for public viewing. People should be encouraged to walk to work and to shop, and only use automobiles when it is necessary. They should also take evening walks around their home compounds, which is an excellent way to unwind. A walking trail around the park in the community could be built so as to encourage people to walk. They should also be encouraged to visit the gym more often and follow the schedule strictly. This way, the public gets informed on the health benefits of exercising and the risk factors associated with lack of exercise. A person’s behavior and health is not only influenced by internal biological factors, but also by the external factors in the social and physical environment (Barkway 2009).
In the practical sense, I would conduct a research on the effects of lack of exercise on individuals. I would work with two cohorts. One cohort would be made to exercise every day for one month, while the other cohort would not exercise at all. The weights of all the individuals would be weighed before beginning the exercise. They would then be monitored on a weekly basis and their weights checked. The diet of the two groups would also be different. One group would be exclusively vegetarian while the other would continue feeding normally. At the end of the four weeks, the general health and weight of the individuals would be compared to determine which of the two groups of individuals displayed obesity symptoms.
The unhealthy individuals would, therefore, be encouraged to exercise regularly so as to control their weight, and observe a healthy diet. The other healthy individuals should also be advised to continue with regular exercises and healthy diet. Analysis of the results showed that lack of exercise contributes to poor health and weight gain. Exercising, therefore, improves one’s health and physical fitness, controls weight and keeps diseases at bay.
Barkway, P 2009, Psychology for health professionals, Elsevier, Australia.
Nelson, R 2005, Exercising, Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis.