Fitness 101 – lecture one

Posted: March 7, 2010 in Fitness

ACME University- room A35

Prof: Welcome to Physical Fitness 101, or Fitness 101.  I’m Sandy Ibrahim, your professor.  I know that many of you are taking this class for an easy ‘A’.  I’m gonna tell you right now – if that is your thinking, you can leave right now.  This isn’t an easy credit class – it’s not for pussies or navel-gazers or know-it-all’s.   The only way that you are going to pass this course is if you can define for yourself what fitness means and state your own fitness goals and come up with a plan to meet them.  You are going to have to think and act for yourself.  And there will be homework.  You will get extra marks for lively participation in class discussions.

23 people leave.  A hand shoots up from the front.

Prof: yes.

Deanna:  when are the tests? and how much are they worth?

Prof: there will be three assignments and one test – three assignments two weeks apart and the final exam in 10 years.  The assignments are worth 10% each and the final is worth 70%.

(load moaning and groaning and ‘you can’t do that!’ muttering in the background).

Prof: look, in what other class do you get 10 years to prepare for the final?

Prof writes on the board – FITNESS 101 – definition.

Prof: our first task is to define the term.  What is physical fitness?

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Physical fitness comprises two related concepts: general fitness (a state of health and well-being) and specific fitness (a task-oriented definition based on the ability to perform specific aspects of sports or occupations).

In previous years, fitness was commonly defined as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities without undue fatigue. However, as automation increased leisure time, changes in lifestyles following the industrial revolution rendered this definition insufficient. These days, physical fitness is considered a measure of the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.

Prof:  Your first assignment is to come up with two paragraphs of YOUR OWN definition of physical fitness.  Specifically, the assignment is asking you to look at your own life and the physical demands therein.  What physical skills, qualities do you need to live your life as it is right now?  Do you lift heavy objects?  Push a carriage?  Carry groceries?  Garden?  Bike to work?    You have two weeks – please see me in my office if you have any questions about the assignment.


End of Lecture.


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