Personal Fitness Learning Path

A healthy body is essential for a healthy mind, and our Focus on Personal Fitness brings you a tailor made programme of courses that focus on your physical wellbeing, ensuring you are ready to take advantage of all life’s opportunities. You’ll learn how to avoid injury, optimise your training and develop your personal performances. This Learning Path will help you improve your core strength, flexibility and stamina with a variety of workout routines including strength-training, calisthenics, plyometrics and yoga.

Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Personal Health and Fitness

    This course was sourced from OpenLearn under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA. The adapted version of the course on Alison.com is also published under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA.

    This course begins by looking at how we define what health is and how media and society influence our attitudes and opinions on what we think is healthy and what is not. The course will then discuss how health is perceived differently depending on your age, gender, and race. Next, you will learn about illnesses and diseases, Antonovsky's sense of coherence, and how to move to a positive paradigm for health. 

    Everyone wants to be healthy and fit but don't know where to start. To give you a hand, this course will tackle the subjects of healthy eating and weight control. It will talk about appetite, diet, exercise, and cholesterol as well as the role of high GI foods. GI or glycaemic index is a way of classifying foods and drinks according to how quickly they raise the glucose level of the blood. This course will show you its precise importance for your health.

    Becoming and remaining healthy requires a combination of good eating habits and regular exercise. With this free online health course, you can learn how to have a balanced diet and effective exercise regimen in no time. The course will be valuable to learners who want to be informed and educated on ways to improve their own personal health and fitness. So, check out the course today and say hello to a new you!

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  2. Physical Fitness - Fitness Tips and Workout Routines

    The course will start by teaching you about exercise physiology. You will study the three major types of muscles within the body, which includes smooth muscles, cardiac muscles, and skeletal muscles. You will then learn the four main principles of physical training and how to determine your target heart rate during rest and physical exercise. You will also study the various energy systems used by your muscles, as well as the four aspects of the FITT principle that can help you achieve the most from your training program.

    Next, you will study the basic concepts of cardiorespiratory conditioning and learn how to accurately estimate your maximal aerobic capacity. The course will also teach you aerobic activities and basic workouts that you can use effectively in your own exercise routine. You will then study the importance of recovery during and after exercise, the factors that can affect an individual’s training response, and the types of workouts that can be used to increase cardiorespiratory conditioning.

    Exercise physiology is the branch of science which studies how the body responds and adapts to physical exercise. This Physical Fitness - Fitness Tips and Workout Routines online course will teach you important theoretical aspects of physical fitness and provide you with practical workouts that can help you develop and maintain your physical fitness. So why wait? Check out this course today and start bringing your workouts to the next level.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Health and Fitness - Running Tips, Swimming and Strength Training

    Running provides a really worthwhile aerobic workout, and should be a fundamental part of any physical training program. This course will first discuss the characteristics of a good pair of running shoes. You will learn about suitable surfaces for running in order to avoid injury, and the precautions that must be taken when running in different conditions. You will also study the importance of performing a warm-up and cool down before and after exercises.

    Swimming is an excellent exercise for overall fitness. Aerobic endurance, power, strength, and flexibility are all enhanced by swim training. This course will teach you the benefits that swimming has for the cardiovascular system. Next, the course will discuss the effects of strength training on one's agility, speed, and overall levels of fitness. You will learn the difference between circuit weight training and split-routine training, as well as the different exercises that you can use to develop strength in legs, back, chest, shoulders, and arms.

    Running, swimming, and strength training are great ways to improve your physical fitness and promote your well-being, which can be an excellent source of confidence. This course will teach you how to engage in all these activities in a safe and productive manner. So why wait? Check out the course today, start improving your health, and get the most out of your work out routines.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  4. Health and Fitness - Flexibility, Calisthenics and Plyometrics

    Flexibility exercises are an integral part of any conditioning program. They enhance performance by extending the range of motion in which one can optimally perform. This course will first teach you the benefits of a high level of flexibility and its effects on overall strength and performance. You will learn why it is necessary for individuals to perform a warm-up before exercise and a cool down after exercise. You will then study different stretches that will help develop your overall body flexibility.

    Calisthenics is a form of exercise in which no other equipment is needed but your body. With this course, you will learn the benefits of calisthenic exercise for flexibility, muscle strength, and muscle power. You will also study the importance of proper technique when performing this type of exercise. In addition, the course will cover plyometric exercises and teach you safety precautions that must be taken prior to conducting these exercises. You will then learn how to develop a plyometric training program that exercises different muscles of the body.

    Flexibility, calisthenics, and plyometrics exercises are excellent ways of building strength, speed, and power while burning calories. These exercises utilize gravity and bodyweight leverage to challenge one's fitness level, without any fancy gym equipment being required to get started. All you need is a bit of training on the right techniques and movements and you're good to go! So, have a look through this course today, and gain the tips and techniques you need, all for free.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  5. Yoga Exercises

    Yoga is an exercise system used by millions of people around the world to gain a healthier lifestyle. In this course, Dashama, who is an innovator in the field of yoga, mind/body transformation and healing, will guide you to a deeper understanding of yourself through yoga, teaching you a powerful system to access a healthier physical and mental state of well-being.

    This course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to learn the basics of yoga and to learn how to gain a healthier and more energetic lifestyle.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  6. Yoga Exercises for Core Strength and Flexibility

    For learners who have completed the free online introductory yoga course titled "Yoga for a Healthier Lifestyle" available on Alison, this new yoga course will be a welcome follow-up as it teaches you new yoga exercises and techniques that will help you improve your core strength and flexibility.

    This yoga course teaches you in a step-by-step manner more advanced yoga techniques such as how to fine tune your bodily alignment, improve your balance and posture, yoga techniques for the neck, hips and lower back, and very important breathing techniques for inner calm and stress relief.

    This yoga course will be of great interest to learners who have some knowledge and experience of yoga techniques and would like to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of more advanced techniques that will strengthen the inner core and improve flexibility.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  7. Physical Fitness - How to Avoid Injuries and Train Safely

    Exposure to heat, cold, or some new environment can provoke physiological or biochemical changes that allow you to better tolerate the new environment. This course will discuss the effects training in hot and cold environments can have on the body. You will study the factors that hinder body cooling while in the heat as well as the factors that compromise the body’s adaptation to the cold. You will also learn the effects that training at high altitude can have on the body.

    Sudden, traumatic, or acute injuries to the musculoskeletal tissue quickly result in inflammation. This fitness course will discuss the characteristics of a musculoskeletal tissue injury and teach you the best practices in treating strains, sprains, muscle cramps, and fractures. You will study how anabolic steroids work, and how they alter metabolism and promote the development of muscle. The course will also cover the effects of performance-enhancing substances and the beneficial and adverse effects linked to them.

    Training in challenging environments can often lead to the development of an injury or serious medical condition. It is therefore not only crucial to train with the right gear and clothing but with the right knowledge too. This course will teach you the necessary steps that must be taken to remain safe while training in an extreme environment. This knowledge might well save you from serious injury some day. So, check out the course today, and take a few hours from your week to invest in your future health.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points