Planned Action Theory

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Daily exercise is one of the key factors in preventing diseases such as coronary artery disease and other health related illnesses. Regular physical activity has also been linked to better moods, higher self-esteem and overall quality of life. However, unfortunately in America we have a growing obesity rate as well as the illnesses that come along with being highly overweight. Health professionals have begun looking into the causal factors that go in to a person not exercising regularly. With the help of theories such as the Social Cognitive Theory and the Theory of Planned Action and Reasoned Behavior, professionals can better understand etiology and develop strong intervention methods that can lead to people becoming more active and thus …show more content…
The Theory of Planned Action and Reasoned Behavior explains the intent to exercise as a planned action and it is through reasoned behavior that people actually engage in the behavior or not. An article published in the Journal of Health Psychology explains that it can be someone’s intention to work out, but following through with this action is directly influenced by the person’s attitude, social norms, and peer influences (Armitage, 2005). Having someone going through the process of behavior change alongside them further increases the chance of success, because there is now an accountability factor that isn’t always present if a person tries to make a change on their …show more content…
We see a problem and develop an objective solution sometimes without taking into consideration the gray areas of an issue. In using theories like the Social Cognitive Theory and the Theory of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior we are better able to separate these gray areas into smaller constructs and further tailor our intervention to the person or population we are working with. This still can give rise to some issue. It is not until we attempt to make a change in our own lives that we can see that making that change is not as easy as we would like it to be. The thought that there is one set solution to a problem is ideal, but not realistic in the slightest. Humans are mistake driven creatures. It is these mistakes that shape us and help develop the best version of

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