The Basics of Exercise Physiology: Improving Wellness through the Benefits of Exercise
5.7 Contact Hours

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Course Objectives

After completing this course participants should be able to:


To maintain a healthy lifestyle, the importance of physical activity can not be underestimated. It is the single most important endeavor that one can participate in to promote health throughout a lifetime. For decades, epidemiological research has accumulated highlighting the health benefits associated with regular physical activity. Furthermore there is overwhelming research illustrating the morbid and mortal consequences of being sedentary. Benefits of a proper exercise regimen include:

Basics of Exercise Physiology

1. Increase in the efficiency of cardiovascular and respiratory function

2. Reduction in coronary artery disease risk factors

a. Reduction in blood pressure
b. Increase in HDL and decreased triglycerides
c. Reduction of body fat
d. Reduced insulin needs, improved glucose tolerance

  • Decreased incidence of type II Diabetes

3. Decrease in mortality and morbidity

a. Decreased incidence of Coronary/vascular disease
b. Decreased chance of cancer

  • Breast
  • Prostate
  • Lung
  • Colon

c Decreased chance of osteoporosis
d. Increased balance

  • Decreases incidence of falling

4. Decreased anxiety and depression

5. Enhanced performance of work, recreational, and sports activities

6. Enhanced feelings of well-being

Undoubtedly, results reaped from participating in regular physical activity are second only to those of the fountain of youth. It is the only lifestyle choice that not only adds years to one’s life, but adds life to one’s years.

Within the general population, the health benefits associated with increases in physical activity are potentially mammoth. Chronic diseases, their complications, and associated costs would be lowered drastically if our sedentary population simply became more active. Perhaps the most promising information regarding physical activity and health is the fact that the most significant health benefits of exercise are seen in those sedentary individuals who become moderately active. Furthermore, physical activity need not be vigorous to attain health benefits. This mounting epidemiological research is bringing about increasing momentum to promote regular physical activity as a means of preventative medicine.

The following course explores the basic physiological responses to exercises, both transient and permanent. It will examine the different systems of the body and how they are uniquely affected by exercise. Furthermore, the course goes on to explain how the health care professional may use this knowledge of exercise physiology to identify morbidity risks, treat certain chronic conditions, and maximize benefits brought about by regular physical activity.

The healthcare professional involved with exercise promotion or education should have a fundamental understanding of the dynamics involving exercise physiology. Insight of how our bodies physiologically respond to exercise and the insuing benefits that result will help the professional in the matter of patient education. Armed with this knowledge they are not only better able to prescribe an appropriate activity, but allow the patient to experience maximized benefits.