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Exercise Evolution: A Historical Exploration of Exercise Science

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Happy Kids Nutrition Academy
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In this 18-lesson course, students will embark on a journey through the history of exercise science, exploring the evolution of human movement and physical activity from ancient times to the present day.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Beginner - Intermediate Level
18 lessons//9 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Exercise Evolution
* Overview of the course and its objectives * Defining exercise and physical activity * Setting the stage for the historical exploration of exercise science
Lesson 2
Ancient Civilizations (3000 BCE - 500 CE)
* Exploring early societies and their physical activities (e.g., ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome) * Discovering the role of physical activity in daily life, warfare, and ritual * Beginnings of exercise and physical education
 Week 2
Lesson 3
European Middle Ages (500 - 1500 CE)
* The decline of physical activity in medieval society * The rise of martial arts and knights' training * Introduction to the concept of "health" and "fitness"
Lesson 4
The Renaissance (1500 - 1700 CE)
* The rebirth of physical activity and sports (e.g., fencing, wrestling, and jousting) * The emergence of modern sports and games * The development of dance and gymnastics
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Industrialization and Urbanization (1700 - 1900 CE)
* The impact of industrialization on physical activity * The rise of industrial sports and recreation (e.g., baseball, basketball, and soccer) * The development of fitness and exercise as a means of socialization
Lesson 6
The Emergence of Modern Fitness (1900 - 1950 CE)
* The rise of physical education and the importance of exercise for physical and mental health * The development of modern exercise techniques and training methods (e.g., Pilates, yoga, and aerobics) * The introduction of exercise science as a profession
 Week 4
Lesson 7
The Fitness Boom (1950 - 1980 CE)
* The rise of bodybuilding and the fitness industry * The development of home exercise programs and exercise equipment * The emergence of aerobics and cardiovascular exercise
Lesson 8
The Digital Age (1980 CE - present)
* The impact of technology on exercise and physical activity (e.g., fitness apps, virtual fitness classes) * The rise of online fitness communities and social media influence * The evolution of fitness and exercise science in the 21st century
 Week 5
Lesson 9
The Science of Exercise
* The physiology of exercise and physical activity * Mechanics and anatomy of movement * Understanding the benefits of exercise for physical and mental health
Lesson 10
Bodyweight Exercise and Resistance Training
* Exploring the history of bodyweight exercises (e.g., push-ups, pull-ups, and squats) * Introduction to resistance training and weightlifting * The importance of progressive overload and proper form
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Aerobic Exercise and Cardiovascular Health
* The history of aerobic exercise (e.g., jogging, cycling, and swimming) * Understanding the benefits of cardiovascular exercise for heart health and overall fitness * Tips for effective aerobic exercise programs
Lesson 12
Flexibility and Mobility Exercises
* Exploring the history of stretching and flexibility exercises * Introduction to mobility exercises and functional movements * The importance of incorporating flexibility and mobility exercises into daily routines
 Week 7
Lesson 13
The Psychology of Exercise
* The mental benefits of exercise (e.g., stress relief, mood enhancement, and self-esteem) * Understanding the role of motivation and self-efficacy in exercise adherence * Strategies for overcoming common exercise-related barriers
Lesson 14
Exercise and Nutrition
* The relationship between exercise and nutrition (e.g., macronutrients, meal planning) * Understanding the importance of hydration and electrolyte balance * Tips for fueling exercise and recovery
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Injury Prevention and Management
* The importance of proper warm-up and cool-down routines * Understanding common exercise-related injuries (e.g., overuse, strains, and sprains) * Strategies for preventing and managing injuries
Lesson 16
Group Fitness and Exercise Class Formats
* Exploring the history of group fitness classes (e.g., aerobics, Pilates, and yoga) * Understanding different exercise class formats (e.g., HIIT, strength training, and cardio) * Tips for effective group fitness instruction and management
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Exercise Science in Popular Culture
* Analyzing the depiction of exercise and physical activity in movies and TV shows * Examining the impact of social media on fitness culture * Discussing the role of exercise science in popular fitness trends and movements
Lesson 18
Review/Reflections
Conclusion and final thoughts on the evolution of exercise science and its relevance to contemporary fitness practices.
This class is taught in English.
  • 1. Understand the Evolution of Human Movement 2. Identify the Influence of Culture on Exercise and Physical Activity 3. Recognize the Role of Technology in Shaping Exercise and Physical Activity 4. Analyze the Impact of Societal Values on Exercise and Physical Activity 5. Apply Historical Knowledge to Contemporary Exercise and Physical Activity
Our teachers embody expert knowledge in nutrition and exercise science, with advanced degrees and extensive research in the rich historical context of exercise science. Their passion for understanding the evolution of exercise science drives their dedication to staying current with the latest developments in the field. By drawing upon their deep understanding of the historical perspectives that have shaped exercise science, our teachers provide students with a nuanced and informed approach to understanding the complexities of modern exercise and its related events. This unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise enables our teachers to craft innovative and engaging lessons that inspire students to explore the fascinating world of exercise science
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0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
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Our teachers embody expert knowledge in nutrition and exercise science, with advanced degrees and extensive research in the rich historical context of exercise science. Their passion for understanding the evolution of exercise science drives their dedication to staying current with the latest developments in the field. By drawing upon their deep understanding of the historical perspectives that have shaped exercise science, our teachers provide students with a nuanced and informed approach to understanding the complexities of modern exercise and its related events. This unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise enables our teachers to craft innovative and engaging lessons that inspire students to explore the fascinating world of exercise science
1. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) "Exercise and Physical Activity" (2022)
2. The Role of Exercise in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds" (2018)
3. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, "The History of Physical Education" (2017)
4. The Harvard Gazette, "The Evolution of Exercise and Play" (2020)
5. The Impact of Industrialization on Physical Activity" (2019)
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At Happy Kids Nutrition Academy, we're passionate about empowering the next generation of young adults to make healthy food choices. Our mission is to educate and inspire a healthy and happy generation through our online nutrition and food science... 
Group Class

$40

weekly or $360 for 18 classes
2x per week, 9 weeks
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-6 learners per class

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