NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Fitness for Life

HNES 2000

The intent of this course is to provide the students with the cutting edge training philosophies, fitness activities and training modalities available.  Fitness experts will be assisting the students in developing an individual fitness plan. The students may also participate in a health/fitness assessment to help them evaluate their current fitness levels. Many of the topics and activities reflect the most recent advances in fitness and strength training. As learners, the students will be challenged to identify what fitness strategies and activities will work best for their individual lifestyle and fitness goals.  


As a result of participation in this course, students should:

  • assess and analyze their fitness levels in the area of muscle strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and body compostion.
  • learn how to use a variety of strength training equipment and evaluate which strength exercises are best for their individual needs.
  • understand how to use a variety of cardio machines.
  • analyze Borg's perceived exertion rating scale.
  • learn the skills and rules to play racketball, walleyball and squash court sports.
  • evaluate aerobic fitness activities such as spin biking, interval training and cardio kick boxing.
  • perform basic yoga exercises.
  • create a personal fitness plan for themselves.
  • gain techniques and  strategies to help improve their students fitness levels.

Required Texts:

Corbin,C. (2007). Fitness for Life, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.