Course Contents at a Glance

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The following list shows the chapter-level topics and assignments for the course. To see all of the course pages, visit theĀ Table of Contents.

Unit 1

  • Unit 1 Overview & Objectives
  • Discussion: Getting to Know You

Chapter 1: Getting Started

  • Reading Links: Introduction
  • Adding Physical Activity to Your Life
  • Assignment: Safety of Exercise Participation
  • Assignment: Time Management

Chapter 2: Assessing Your Wellness

  • Reading Links: Assessing Your Wellness
  • Video: Six Stages of Change
  • Assignment: Wellness Quiz and Stages of Change Strategies

Unit 2

  • Unit 2 Overview & Objectives

Chapter 3: Introduction to Fitness and Wellness

  • Introduction to Fitness and Wellness Readings
  • Introducing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
  • Physical Activity Has Many Health Benefits
  • Active Adults
  • Safe and Active
  • Additional Considerations for Some Adults
  • Assignment: President’s Challenge Fitness Test Pre-Test

Chapter 4: Cardiorespiratory Endurance

  • Cardio Respiratory Endurance Readings
  • Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale
  • Target Heart Rate and Estimated Maximum Heart Rate
  • Video: Target Heart Rate
  • Assignment: Cardiorespiratory Endurance Plan

Chapter 5: Flexibility

  • Flexibility Readings
  • Sample Flexibility Plan for Beginners
  • Help Prevent Back Pain
  • Reminder About Activity Tracker
  • Assignment: Flexibility Plan

Unit 3

  • Unit 3 Overview & Objectives
  • Discussion: How’s it Going?

Chapter 6: Body Composition

  • Body Composition Reading
  • About BMI for Adults
  • Assignment: Re-Assessed Fitness Level Results

Chapter 7: Nutrition

  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Nutrition For Everyone
  • Water: Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs
  • Dietary Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Assignment: Food Tracker
  • Discussion: Grocery Shopping

Chapter 8: Muscle Strength and Endurance

  • Reassess Fitness Level
  • Muscle Strength & Endurance Reading
  • Muscle Tissue
  • The Muscular System
  • Muscle Tissue Types
  • Muscle Functions
  • Effect of Exercise on Muscles
  • Muscular Atrophy and Hypertrophy
  • Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage
  • Aerobic Training versus Strength Training
  • Videos: Muscle Groups & Strength Training

Unit 4

  • Unit 4 Overview and Objectives

Chapter 9: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Reading
  • Discussion: Health Reform
  • Assignment: Post-Tests & Activity Logs