Physical Activity In College Students Using The Health Belief Model

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Analysis of Physical Activity in College Students Using the Health Belief Model Physical Activity is an important aspect in maintaining long-term health. Incorporating vigorous physical activity into our daily life poses challenges for many, although those faced with changing life dynamics are at an increased risk of non-compliance. College students face the challenge of balancing school workload, sleep, social invitations and unfamiliarity with the physical activity environment (King, Vidourek, English, Merianos, 2014). The health belief model is used to evaluate health-related behaviors and identify perceived thoughts involved with the lack of engaging in preventative measures. The application of the Health Belief model identifies perceived …show more content…
This information is important knowledge and is identified with the Health Belief model constructs Perceived susceptibility, Perceived severity and Perceived barrier. The environment surrounding college students is a transition including new challenges encountered in their daily schedule. An increase in responsibility and fast paced environment offers various distractions that college students have previously not endured. As research has shown that exercise behaviors adopted in college are likely to carry over into adulthood, it is important that more research be conducted in order to determine how to increase the physical activity levels of college students (as cited in King et al., 2014, p. 268). The new barriers that college students face can impede their long-term health, if they do not see the perceived benefits of physical …show more content…
King et al. (2014) identified variables that are positively correlated to perceived benefits of vigorous including perceived benefits and parent and peer engagement along with perceived barriers of school workload, job and lack of motivation (p. 275). These factors are targets for health professionals, as they will continue to influence vigorous physical activity in this group. This article investigates the perceived constructs of the Health Belief model although further development in self-efficacy is required to complete the model.
The Health Belief model appears to be well suited to health situations that incorporate perceived beliefs that influence a health situation. By delving into a person’s perceived belief, healthcare professionals are able to identify areas that influence adherence to a health situation. Following the identification, using self-efficacy to construct a personal plan allows achievement for the health

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