Fitness for Life

How can I implement fitness and nutrition into my daily life to improve my overall health?

Why Should I Take This Course?

Create your own personalized health plan in Fitness for Life.

Create your own personalized health plan in Fitness for Life.

It is no surprise to hear that people, in general, are in a declining state of health. In a world of computers, texting, HDTV’s, and video games, physical and mental illnesses have become the norm. Rates of diabetes, obesity, and depression have increased dramatically in the last few decades. Not surprisingly, there is a direct correlation between a healthy lifestyle and a healthy life…not to mention the increased rate of survival in case of an oncoming elephant stampede, or as tribute in The Hunger Games.

The first half of the course focuses on the basics of fitness, nutrition, and writing a personal fitness plan; the second half is dedicated to implementing that fitness plan. Although this course is self-paced, the fitness plan must be implemented for at least four weeks, so there are some required deadlines in the course. Since every student has unique goals and capabilities, every student’s plan is unique. We believe that when fitness education combines with personal purpose, students have the power to live healthy and fit lives that will better serve and bless families, communities, and nations.

 

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3
Where am I currently along the highway of fitness and health?What are the components and principles of fitness and how are they applied?How can I apply the components and principles of fitness to my specific goals?
How does your level of fitness play a part in the prevention of injuries?What are the five components of fitness and how can I apply them to my life?What do I want to accomplish, in terms of physical health, over the next one month? Three months? Six months?
Do the benefits outweigh the risks of starting an exercise program?What is the overload principle and why is it so important?Who can help me accomplish my fitness goal(s)?
What are some indicators of physical fitness and how can I use them?Which two basic principles does the F.I.T.T principle combine? And how is the FITT principle used?How am I going to accomplish my fitness goal(s)?
What are the positive and negative aspects of using BMI for defining fitness?What are the three energy systems that the body runs on? And what determines which system is used?What role does rest play in achieving and maintaining fitness?
How can an individual use their BMR calculation to better their overall health?What is the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise?What influences people to make or not to make certain fitness goals?
What effect does exercise have on your heart rate and blood pressure?Why is your metabolic rate so closely tied to the amount of muscle tissue that you have?How can reflecting on progress help you reach your fitness goals?
What component of fitness is most likely to have the greatest positive effect on treating high blood pressure?What is the difference between static and dynamic endurance?What principle makes it okay for two individuals with similar goals to go about reaching those goals in two different ways?
How can an individual’s lactate threshold and VO2 max be used in the development of a personal fitness plan?How do flexibility and muscular fitness contribute to wellness?
How does my current diet stack up to what I should be consuming on a daily basis?

Details

  • Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman), 10th (Sophomore), 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 4
  • Format: Self-paced
  • Credits: 0.5