Modelling behaviour

A GP uses modelling behaviour to encourage patients to exercise

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One GP in our clinic rode to work. He parked his bicycle in the consulting room, unashamedly. In doing this, he acted as a passive role model and provided a conversation piece, with some patients asking about the bike.
“Yes, I ride my bike in to work. Do you know it’s hardly any longer than by car, and incidental exercise like this has proven benefits for people like you and me – even folk with chronic disease?”
“Yes bike riding is a little more dangerous. But there is some evidence that the exercise benefits outweigh those risks: you’re actually better off riding than driving!”

Professor Chris Del Mar, Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, Bond University, Queensland


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