Factors Within The Socio Ecological ( Se ) Model Essay

1460 Words Mar 11th, 2015 6 Pages
In this essay, I hope to discuss some of the factors within the Socio Ecological (SE) model that have influenced me to engage in regular exercise. Why the SE model, some may ask? According to Stokols (1996), Social ecology is viewed as an overarching framework, to understand the interrelations between diverse personal and environmental factors. Thus, such a model is important as it operates on various encommpasing levels (macro, institutional, community, interpersonal, individual) that provide a wide scope and depth for a variety of dynamic factors on different scales. This enables me to have a more wholesome perpective of the influences, in the environment that I interacted with, which has shaped my decision.

This essay is from a personal perspective; a Singaporean male youth, and may not accurately depict others from different genders, backgrounds and circumstances. But before I go into the various factors, it is important to know the difference between my chosen lifestyle (exercise) and physical activity. According to (Caspersen et al., 1985), “Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive and has as a final or an intermediate objective the improvement or maintenance of physical fitness.” Hence, we see that exercise is more than just a physical activity. The form of exercise I usually engage in is jogging and frequenting the gym.

From the macro level, one factor that has influenced me to engage in regular exercise is the…

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