The Concept of Lifestyle in Health Psychology

Lifestyle is a concept that has been defined and analysed in different ways. This is due to the fact that it appears in various research fields and varies according to its specific context. In health psychology, the concept has often been considered in relation to individual risk behaviours such as smoking, alcohol, diet, and physical activity. However, this approach does not offer a more complete picture of the concept and does not allow for the development of an adequate theoretical and research model. The aim of this article is to shed light on this concept, with the intention of identifying its main components, and of developing an explanatory model that could be used in lifestyle interventions.In general, the word “lifestyle” is commonly associated with a certain way of living. This includes the way people spend their time and energy, how they eat, relax, learn, energize themselves, work, and interact with others. People may also define their life through their hobbies and passions, such as sport or art. They often strive to achieve their goals, but also try to avoid negative habits that can lead to unhealthy living.For some, lifestyle is a set of values and a set of principles that define one’s identity. This is an important aspect, but it is not the only one. Moreover, it is essential to consider the social and cultural context in which these values are formed. In addition, there are some theories that emphasise the internal dimension of the lifestyle. These conceptualisations focus on personality traits and the idea that an individual creates their own life project.Lastly, there are some models that consider the external dimension of the lifestyle. These perspectives highlight the idea that an individual’s lifestyle is the result of their choice and that these choices are influenced by societal factors, as well as personal and family dynamics. Lastly, there are some theories that consider the temporal dimension of the lifestyle. This perspective focuses on the idea that a lifestyle is something that evolves and changes over time, and that it may change in response to various environmental conditions.It is essential to consider the different dimensions of the concept in order to develop a more accurate and useful framework for health interventions. This is why the author of this article reexamined the main definitions of lifestyle in the psychological and sociological fields from three perspectives: internal, external, and temporal. In doing so, it became possible to identify the main components that characterise this concept and to develop a model for future research and intervention. This new interpretation of the concept of lifestyle enables the identification of antecedent factors and the development of a more systemic and inclusive model. This will enable the use of this construct as a more effective tool for developing health behaviours. This will help to ensure that the individual is truly at the centre of their own health practices. Moreover, it will enable us to move away from the typical risk-behaviour paradigm.