Exercise Diet Fitness and Health

Course code: SH008

Develop the knowledge to pursue your career in the health, exercise, nutrition or fitness industry!

  • 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
This course is only available as a study pack.
Course overview

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.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Study Hours

Approximately 100 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course content
  • 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
  • Definition of the components of fitness
  • Detailed 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
  • 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, plyometrics, flexibility training and circuit training
  • Examples of training sessions for each training method
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 athlete's diet: day of competition, after the event and glycogen loading
  • Common eating disorders
  • Healthy eating
  • Food pyramids
  • Examples of diets
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hormones
  • Hormone producing organs and body parts
  • The endocrine system and exercise
  • Defining anxiety – cognitive and somatic
  • Types of anxiety
  • Anxiety and sport
  • Stress
  • The causes of stress
  • Symptoms of stress
  • Stress management
  • Stress management techniques
Extra info


This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor to be marked. No external examination is 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).

Awarding body

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.


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

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet


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