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Summary of Week 1

We have just scratched the surface of what is a complex and compelling subject. This week we have given a broad introduction to exercise prescription and you have:

  • Studied the definitions of physical activity, exercise, and sedentary behaviour, and explored the METS values for different physical activities.
  • Examined how the body responds to acute and chronic physical exercise.
  • Explored the evidence behind exercise prescription, and watched how a clinical exercise program can have an impact on patient rehabilitation.
  • Reflected on physical activity guidelines and your perceptions behind exercise prescription.

Thinking about these elements:

  • How will you apply what you have learned this week with your own patients, or in your own daily life?

Note: 10/06/2016 Cuisle Forde

Thank you all for your contributions over the last week, we are now half way through this course. This week we have addressed physical activity guidelines, the body’s response to exercise and some evidence supporting the beneficial effects of exercise. Next week we will examine and discuss the role of exercise for brain health, methods of measuring aspects of fitness and exercise as a treatment tool for patients with various chronic diseases. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments and questions and will continue to do so next week.

As you can imagine the area of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease is extensive and we have not had time to cover all aspects of this growing area in this MOOC. If you would like to learn more and earn a recognized qualification in Clinical Exercise, we invite you to apply for Trinity College’s Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise. Register your interest in the course by clicking on this link

We hope you have enjoyed learning about exercise so far on this course and that you enjoy staying active!

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Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Trinity College Dublin