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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 072 (GHA) Fitness Walking (1-1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in fitness walking.

KINES 072 Fitness Walking (1-1.5)

Kinesiology 072 introduces students to the performance of fitness walking as a lifelong activity that maintains and enhances physical health and psychological well-being. This course provides the information that the student needs to understand, organize, plan, and implement a physical fitness program that features walking as a primary activity.

The centerpiece of this course is a series of small group and individual walks of varying lengths that are conducted over various terrains. Past activities have included one-mile, four-mile, and eight-mile walks to such locations as the Mushroom Research Center, Beaver Stadium, and various museums, and other landmarks around campus and the community. In addition, hikes to such places as Mt. Nittany and Stone Valley Recreation Area have also been featured. These activities are complemented by a series of classroom lectures on such topics as the philosophy of walking and walking safety; goal-setting for personal health; principles and the concept of physical fitness; the physiology of walking; and nutrition and weight control. Students also participate in team-based projects such as group-designed scavenger hunts and "landmark walks." As a final project, each student is asked to define a measurable fitness goal and design a fitness walking program to realize that goal. As part of this assignment, students assemble data to indicate that they have achieved their goal, and then identify and analyze the factors that contributed to their success. Students also have the opportunity to monitor their performance throughout the course using a variety of personal assessment inventories and instruments, such as logs and heart rate monitors.

When a student completes Kinesiology 072, he or she will be able to identify the components of an effective physical fitness program and explain how walking contributes to the success of this program; develop realistic fitness goals and design a walking program to meet these goals; perform a variety of fitness walking techniques; and understand how walking promotes psychological well-being.

Various evaluation techniques will be used to assess individual progress in Kinesiology 072. These techniques will include, but are not limited to, conventional objective testing, performance on a nationally normed fitness walking test, personal assessment inventories and assignments, and journaling assignments.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2001

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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