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Science of Exercise

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Health & Medicine
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Learners who complete Science of Exercise will have an improved physiological understanding of how your body responds to exercise, and will be able to identify behaviors, choices, and environments that impact your health and training. You will explore a number of significant adjustments required by your body in order to properly respond to the physical stress of exercise, including changes in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, nutritional considerations, causes of muscle soreness & fatigue, and the effectiveness and dangers of performance enhancing drugs. Active learning assessments will challenge you to apply this new knowledge via nutrition logs, heart rate monitoring, calculations of your total daily caloric expenditure and body mass index (BMI). Finally, learners will examine the scientific evidence for the health benefits of exercise including the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity (weight loss), depression, and dementia.

Taught by

Robert Mazzeo, Ph.D.

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Lerrick S
4.0 a year ago
by Lerrick completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was an interesting course. This gives good information about exercise and how to develop a healthy lifestyle. I find this course compliments the course called Sit Less Get Active as it brings about the need to do some active training in addition to reducing a sedentary lifestyle.
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Carmen C
5.0 8 months ago
Carmen completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a great course to undertand how the body adapts to exercise. It was very scientific in nature, it does not cut corners or try to oversimplify the material.

The only “difficult” part is perhaps remembering all the technical names, but even then the course and quizzes don’t rely too heavily on that.

It is very well explained and easy to undertand, even for someone like me, with no background. It was also highly motivating and encouraging.

Highly recommended.
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