Ch 17: Physical Fitness & Nutrition: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Physical Fitness & Nutrition chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the importance of physical activity and its relation to nutrition in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Physical Fitness & Nutrition chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Physical fitness and activity Importance and types of fitness, cardiorespiratory endurance, aerobic exercise, muscle strength, anaerobic exercise, flexibility; overload principle and specificity principle
Tuesday Benefits and components of exercise How regular physical activity can improve physical health, mental health, stress management and life span; components of aerobic, strength-training program and stretching programs
Wednesday Creating energy and preventing injuries Adenosine triphosphate, anaerobic metabolism, creatine phosphate, lactic acid and aerobic metabolism; prevention and treatment for sprains, strains and tendonitis, RICE method
Thursday Nutrients for physical activity Estimating an athlete's calorie needs; nutrition needs before, during and after competitions; staying well-nourished during training
Friday Hydration and supplements Importance of water during exercise; ergogenic aids, chromium picolinate, steroids, caffeine

11 Lessons in Chapter 17: Physical Fitness & Nutrition: Lesson Plans
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Components of Exercise Programs: Aerobics, Strength Training & Stretching

1. 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.

Foods to Optimize Athletic Performance Before, During & After Competition

2. Foods to Optimize Athletic Performance Before, During & After Competition

Competitive athletes rely on good nutrition to give them an edge over their competition. Learn about carbohydrate loading as well as foods athletes use before, during and after competitions to enhance performance and endurance.

How Energy-Containing Molecules Support Physical Activity

3. How Energy-Containing Molecules Support Physical Activity

Physical activity requires energy. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the form of energy your body likes to use. In order to keep enjoying your physical activity, your body must continually make ATP. Learn how this is done both with and without oxygen.

Nutrients and Calorie Needs in an Athlete's Training Diet

4. 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.

Nutrients to Support Physical Activity

5. 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.

Physical Activity: Health, Fitness and Performance

6. 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.

Preventing & Treating Fitness Injuries

7. Preventing & Treating Fitness Injuries

Injuries are a risk whenever you start a fitness program. Learn about ways to prevent common injuries, such as sprains and strains, as well as how to treat them using the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compress and elevate, in this lesson.

Staying Well Hydrated: The Importance of Fluids During Exercise

8. Staying Well Hydrated: The Importance of Fluids During Exercise

Staying well-hydrated during exercise will help prevent dehydration, as well as the heat-related illnesses: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Learn how to hydrate with the right fluid and sodium balance to avoid hyponatremia in this lesson.

Supplements & Ergogenic Aids: Effects on Performance

9. Supplements & Ergogenic Aids: Effects on Performance

Many supplements and ergogenic aids are marketed to enhance athletic performance. Some are beneficial, but others provide little benefit and may be a health risk. Learn about chromium picolinate, anabolic steroids, creatine, caffeine and carnitine in this lesson.

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

10. 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.

What is Physical Fitness? - Definition & Importance

11. 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.

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