Improving Aerobic Fitness OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Fitness Studies Class

Published Feb 09, 2009

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Students in the 'Improving Aerobic Fitness' OpenCourseWare can learn how to prescribe proper workout routines in aerobic fitness. The free undergraduate course is provided by The Open University and can be useful to people wanting to learn more about health and fitness methods to incorporate into their personal or professional lifestyle.

Improving Aerobic Fitness: Course Specifics

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Improving Aerobic Fitness: Course Description

The 'Improving Aerobic Fitness' OpenCourseWare shows students the methods of proper aerobic fitness exercise. Students can learn how to apply certain aerobic techniques to individuals based on the person's health. The free course features a method that is comprised of four workout components, such as frequency, intensity, time and type. The course provides students with an in-depth explanation of each component and its importance during an aerobic fitness workout. Students can learn how to use two different formulas, such as the percentage heart rate method and the heart rate reserve method. Each formula is used to calculate heart rates on a different scale so a proper aerobic prescription can be made for different people. The introductory level course provides these formulas with calculations and examples so students can gain an understanding on how they work. It also provides a link to another fitness calculator that can help people determine their target heart rate. The OpenCourseWare can be completed in two hours.

This OpenCourseWare includes study materials. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the aerobic fitness course page.

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