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Ch 17: Benefits of Physical Fitness

About This Chapter

The video lessons in this chapter explain the importance and health benefits of physical fitness. Watching these videos will give you an introduction to the components and impact of regular exercise and a nutritious diet, the mental effects of physical exercise and strategies to maintain a healthy weight.

Benefits of Physical Fitness - Chapter Summary

The purpose of this chapter is to educate students about the benefits of physical fitness and how individuals achieve and maintain physical fitness. In this series of video lessons, expert instructors will explain how a regular exercise plan and balanced nutritious diet can help individuals obtain physical fitness and enjoy benefits that come with a healthy lifestyle. Some of the specifics that are covered in this chapter include:

  • The necessary components of physical fitness
  • Three components of exercise that help with physical fitness
  • Mental, physical and lifespan effects of regular exercise
  • The types and benefits of anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • Dietary needs for people in physical training
  • Effects of exercise, diet and sleep on weight

If you have any questions about the material covered in the video lessons, expert instructors are available to answer them. This chapter includes lesson quizzes you may take to determine your mastery of the material and help you find areas to review. The jump feature in the video timelines take you directly to where those key topics were discussed in the video lessons. For an alternative way of reviewing the material covered in these lessons, written transcripts of the videos are also available.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: Benefits of Physical Fitness
What is Physical Fitness? - Definition & Importance

1. What is Physical Fitness? - Definition & Importance

Physical fitness is your ability to carry out tasks without undue fatigue. Learn about the components of physical fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and body composition and why they are important.

Physical Activity: Health, Fitness and Performance

2. Physical Activity: Health, Fitness and Performance

Physical activity is any movement of your muscles that uses energy. Physical activity helps you achieve better health, fitness and performance. Learn how the overload principle and specificity principle improve your fitness and performance.

Components of Exercise Programs: Aerobics, Strength Training & Stretching

3. Components of Exercise Programs: Aerobics, Strength Training & Stretching

Ever wonder what stretching, strength training, and aerobic exercises are? You'll learn about them in this lesson. You'll also find out what some basic recommendations are for each type of exercise.

The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Mental Health, Stress & Life Span

4. The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Mental Health, Stress & Life Span

The mind and body can greatly benefit from even 30 minutes of exercise a day. Find out exactly what impact regular exercise can have on your mind, body, and lifespan in this video lesson.

The Benefits of Exercise on the Developing Brain

5. The Benefits of Exercise on the Developing Brain

The brain continues to change as you age and develop. This lesson examines the interaction of exercise with the brain, and subsequent changes to cognition.

Anaerobic Exercise: Definition, Benefits & Examples

6. Anaerobic Exercise: Definition, Benefits & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about anaerobic exercise and its health benefits. In addition, you will obtain knowledge on the various types of anaerobic workouts.

What Is Aerobic Exercise? - Definition, Benefits & Examples

7. What Is Aerobic Exercise? - Definition, Benefits & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about the characteristics of aerobic exercise and its many health benefits. You will also read about examples of different types of aerobic workouts.

Nutrients and Calorie Needs in an Athlete's Training Diet

8. Nutrients and Calorie Needs in an Athlete's Training Diet

Whether you are a casual athlete or a competitive endurance athlete, your body needs the right amount and mix of nutrients to maximize performance. Learn about an athlete's calorie needs and overall nutrient requirements during training in this lesson.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Strategies, Methods & Effectiveness

9. Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Strategies, Methods & Effectiveness

Three major but important strategies can help you maintain a healthy weight. Throughout this lesson, we'll take a look at exercise, diet, and (believe it or not) sleep as important strategies for achieving this goal.

Nutrients to Support Physical Activity

10. Nutrients to Support Physical Activity

It is important to stay well-nourished with carbohydrates, protein, fats and various vitamins and minerals during physical activity. Learn about these nutrients that support physical activity as well as the benefits of water during active times.

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