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Exercise Diet Fitness and Health

Course code: SH008

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Develop your understanding of exercise diet fitness and health, from home!

  • There is an increasing demand for professionals who can advise on all aspects of weight management, bringing nutrition and exercise together into an efficient, single service.
  • On this course you will learn how to educate people on how to lead a healthier lifestyle and why their health is important.
  • Discover the essential elements of fitness and exercise and develop your ability to create training programmes.
  • Explore the human body and look at the physiological and psychological impact of the diet on exercise performance.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post, so it couldn't be easier.Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You will have more than enough time to complete your course so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Home learning is simple and stress-free! Enrol with us today and join the 75,000 students who have chosen us to improve their career prospects.

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Course Content

Course Content


Unit 1: Defining the Concepts Health, Exercise and Fitness
  • What is Health?
  • Physical, social and mental health
  • What is exercise?
  • Types of exercise – Sports Continuum
  • The Sports Continuum
  • What is fitness?
  • Health benefits of taking part in regular exercise
  • Ten reasons to get more active
  • Health related components of fitness
  • Skill related components of fitness
  • Comparison of health and skill related fitness
Unit 2: Understanding the components of Fitness and how to test them
  • Definition of the components of fitness
  • Detained analysis of each component
  • Why do we want to test our fitness?
  • Measuring the components of fitness
  • Components of fitness needed for different sporting activities
Unit 3:  Ways to improve Fitness & training methods
  • How the body generates energy for exercise
  • The Creatine Phosphate system
  • The Lactic Acid system and Oxygen debt
  • The Aerobic system
  • Analysis of different training zones
  • Principles of SPORT
  • FITT principles
  • Methods of training :- Continuous, Fartlek, Interval, Weight Training, Plymetrics, Flexibility Training and Circuit Training
  • Examples of training sessions for each training method
Unit 4: Planning Training and Fitness Programmes
  • Physiological and psychological benefits of warming up
  • Cool down – reasons why it is important
  • Phases of a warm up:- body temperature raising, stretching and skill development
  • Planning a training programme
  • Applying the SPORT and FITT principles of training
  • Periodisation – off season, pre season, peak season and transitional period
  • Planning a training session:- warm up, main activity and cool down
  • Examples of training programmes and sessions
Unit 5: Factors affecting Sporting Performance
  • Factors affecting sporting performance: Age, Gender, Personality, Lifestyle, Environment, Injury, Illness, Diet, Body Type and Drugs
  • Social Drugs:- how smoking and alcohol affect sporting performance
  • Other social drugs and their effect on sporting performance
  • Types of performance enhancing drugs
  • Examples and effects of performance enhancing drugs
  • Blood doping
Unit 6: Safety in Sport
  • How to prevent injury:- environment, clothing and equipment, fair competition, obeying the rules and warm up and cool down
  • Causes of sports injuries
  • Accidental injuries, overuse injuries, chronic injuries
  • Examples of sports injuries:- soft tissue, skin and Hard tissue injuries
  • Injuries, symptoms and treatment
  • RICE procedure
  • More serious injuries
  • Assessing the casualty’s condition DRACB
  • How to treat an unconscious casualty
  • Emergency action plan
  • Other conditions that can influence sports performance
Unit 7: Diet and Nutrition
  • A balanced diet
  • The essential groups of nutrients
  • Macronutrients and Micronutrients
  • Diet and exercise
  • The importance of each nutrient for exercise
  • Energy and diet:- metabolic rate and physical activity level
  • Energy in food
  • Energy equations
  • The athletes diet:- day of competition, after the event and Glycogen loading
  • Common eating disorders
  • Healthy eating
  • Food pyramids
  • Examples of diets
Unit 8: Body systems and the skeletal system
  • Outline of the different body systems
  • The human skeleton
  • Functions of the skeleton: Ossification
  • Cartilage
  • Types of bone
  • The skeletal frames:- axial and appendicular
  • Exercise and the bones
  • Definitions of fixed, slightly movable and synovial joints
  • A typical synovial joint structure
  • Movement patterns at synovial joints
  • How exercise can help improve the skeletal system
Unit 9: The muscular system
  • Functions of muscles
  • Types of muscle tissue
  • Skeletal muscles – structure and functions
  • Muscular contractions:- isotonic, isometric and isokinetic
  • How muscles are attached to bones
  • Muscle fibres: slow and fast twitch
  • Characteristics of muscle fibres and exercises they relate to
  • Major muscles in the human body:- location and function
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles
  • Benefits of warming up the muscles
Unit 10: The Cardiovascular System
  • Parts of the body that make up the Cardiovascular System
  • Functions of the Cardiovascular System
  • The double pumping action of the heart
  • Pulmonary circulation
  • Systemic circulation
  • Structure of the heart
  • Blood flow through the heart
  • How does the heart pump blood
  • Blood vessels:- arteries, veins and capillaries
  • The heart and exercise
  • Heart rate  measuring the pulse
  • What happens to our Cardiovascular System when we exercise
  • Long term effects of training on the Cardiovascular System
  • Components and functions of blood
  • The blood and exercise
  • Blood Pressure measuring Blood Pressure
  • Factors affecting Blood Pressure
Unit 11: The Respiratory System
  • Structure of the Respiratory System
  • How air passes through the body
  • Pulmonary ventilation
  • The mechanics of breathing
  • Inspiration and expiration
  • How we get oxygen to the working muscles
  • External respiration
  • Internal respiration
  • Capacity for exchanging gases
  • The Respiratory System as we exercise
Unit 12: The Digestive System
  • What is digestion?
  • Energy molecules in food
  • Chemical digestion
  • Physical digestion
  • The digestive process
  • Parts of the Digestive System and their functions
  • What is an enzyme
  • Food enzymes
  • Digestive enzymes
  • The Digestive System and exercise
Unit 13: The Nervous System
  • Basic functions of the Nervous System
  • Parts of the Nervous System
  • The Central Nervous System – parts of the brain
  • The Spinal Cord
  • The Peripheral Nervous System:- Sympathetic and Autonomic Nervous Systems
  • Reflex actions and conditioned reflexes
  • Receptor organs
  • The Nervous System and Sport
Unit 14: The Endocrine System
  • Hormones
  • Hormone producing organs and body parts
  • The Endocrine System and exercise
Unit 15: Stress and Anxiety in Sport
  • Defining Anxiety – Cognitive and Somatic
  • Types of Anxiety
  • Anxiety and Sport
  • Stress
  • The causes of Stress
  • Symptoms of Stress
  • Stress management
  • Stress management techniques
Other Information


You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 100 hours to complete, so you have a lot more time than you need. This is to give you ultimate flexibility so that your course is adaptable around your lifestyle.

Study Method

The course has been designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post in addition to full tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work back to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. 

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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