What You'll Learn
Our Fitness and Exercise program consists of 18 specialized lessons. Each lesson presents practical skills that are applicable in the real world. Challenging practice exercises help reinforce concepts such as...
- Forms of aerobic and anaerobic exercise
- Benefits and types of flexibility exercises
- Isotonic and isometric exercises
- Measuring and evaluating fat
- Conducting fitness evaluations
- Planning an effective physical activity program
- Preventing injury
Lesson 1: Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness
Lesson 2: Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise
Benefits of routine physical activity on life expectancy; actual causes of death; components of fitness and wellness; national health and wellness goals.
Lesson 3: Changing to a Healthy Lifestyle
Relationship between physical activity and health; health-related concerns of inactivity.
Lesson 4: Preparing for Physical Activity and Exercise
Benefits of changing to a healthier lifestyle; Stage of Change model and its role in healthy living; designing personal contracts for changing health-related behavior.
Supplement: Time Management Guide
Determining how much physical activity is needed per week; selecting activities based on the Physical Activity Period; evaluating the principles of a successful workout using the FITT formula; preparing for physical activity in different and changing environments.
Lesson 5: Achieving Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Maximizing your studying and productivity
Lesson 6: Developing Flexibility
Differentiating between aerobic and anaerobic exercise; benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness; measuring and assessing personal cardiorespiratory endurance; designing appropriate cardiorespiratory exercise programs.
Lesson 7: Developing Muscular Strength and Endurance
Benefits of increased flexibility; factors that influence flexibility; flexibility assessment; four types of stretching; various stretching exercises; implementing stretching into an exercise program; prevention of low-back pain; posture improvement.
Lesson 8: Fitness Nutrition
Distinguishing between muscular strength and endurance; body changes that result from muscle training; differences in muscle fibers and their functions; assessment of muscular strength and endurance; individual muscle-training exercises and programs.
Lesson 9: Body Composition and Fitness
Identifying nutrients and their functions within the body; how the body converts nutrients to energy, which is then used during exercise; recommended nutritional guidelines and assessments; evaluating food and supplements using labels; recognizing and coping with problems resulting from diet change.
Lesson 10: Managing Stress
Distinguishing between essential body fat and storage fat; causes of excess weight and obesity; recognizing different body shapes and their associated risks; assessing body composition; strategies for effective weight management; gaining weight safely; eating disorders and their treatment.
Lesson 11: Making Informed Decisions
Distinguishing among stress, distress, and eustress; identifying common symptoms of stress; describing common sources of stress; strategies for coping with stress.
Lesson 12: Injury Prevention
Lifetime fitness programs; evaluating health/fitness clubs; myths and false claims about exercise; assessing exercise equipment; precautions related to hydrotherapy equipment and facilities; evaluating Internet information.
Lesson 13: Assessing Diet
Examining for injuries; following RICE procedures; returning to physical activity following an injury; specific injury care; heat- and cold-related injuries.
Lesson 14: High-Impact Meals for Top Performance
Six basic nutrients for athletes; three keys to healthful living; exercise and the food pyramid; eat to your heart's content; the anti-cancer crusade; salt and its effect on high blood pressure; fiber; building strong bones: calcium and osteoporosis; the coffee controversy; nutrition facts for the pregnant athlete.
Lesson 15: Fueling Your Muscles: Carbs vs. Protein; Hydration
Don't skip breakfast; breakfast for dieters and champions; cereal alternatives; healthy lunches and dinners; dealing with snack attacks; sweets; the low-impact salad
Lesson 16: Eating and Exercise for Recovery; Dietary Supplements
Sugars; carbohydrates; glucose; glycogen; smart diets for runners and body-builders; counting carbohydrates; protein needs and supplements; meat in your diet; protein for vegetarians; amino acids; the importance of fluids; sodium replacement; sports drinks and their benefits; avoiding muscle cramps and dehydration.
Lesson 17: Weight Management for Athletes 1: Maintaining Lean Body Mass
Proper nourishment before exercising; eating for endurance; sports bars; tips for the diabetic athlete; preventing chronic fatigue; electrolytes; fluids for recovery; vitamins vs. food; supplements for special situations; minerals; energy enhancers; caffeine in foods.
Lesson 18: Weight Management for Athletes 2: Losing and Gaining Safely
Body fat facts; measuring body fat; body image; at war with the scale; calories do count; meal timing; personalized food plans; thirteen tips for successful weight reduction; diets for athletes with weight limits.
Supplement: Career Search Guide
Eating disorders among athletes; case studies; nutrition for the athlete with amenorrhea; the weight-gain diet; boosting calorie intake.
Proven techniques designed to help students find desirable fitness-related positions; résumé writing and interview tips.
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What You Get
Begin our online Fitness and Exercise program on your schedule. Study when and where it’s comfortable and get personal guidance whenever you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!
Our online Fitness and Exercise program provides carefully chosen content that promises a balance of important theory and useful application. Your tuition covers:
- Fitness textbook
- Customized lesson books
- Sports nutrition book
- Illustrated training routines
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates of our Fitness and Exercise program receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your career diploma from our accredited online program will provide a great start to a worthwhile career.
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