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Endurance: the ability to keep doing an activity for a long period of time. Marathon runners are know for their endurance.
Fitness: an individual's success in surviving and producing offspring, often measured by the number of offspring an organism has that survive to reproductive age. Fitness may also mean a measure of health, or how healthy a person is.
Now that you know something about human physiology and exercise it is time to think about an experiment. Before you jump or run into an exercise program it is good to know what exercise scientists call your level of fitness. This way you can track how you improve over time. This can also be a great experiment to try out on your family and friends.
Keep in mind that you should always check with your parents and/or family doctor to be sure you are healthy enough to start your exercise program and what exercises are best for you.
There are three items you will need to conduct your experiment. A bench that is stable and safe for stepping up and down. This should be 1-2 feet high. You will also need a notebook or the printed journal sheet and a pencil or pen. A cloth measuring tape or a piece of string can be used for any body measurements. The final item for your experiment is a stopwatch or a watch with a second hand.
Now that you have a starting point from which you can measure, you can plan your exercise routine. Think of what questions you want to answer. For example:
In addition to your heart rate, here is a list of things that you can measure with just a watch, or clock with a second hand and a string or cloth tape measure. Be sure to record your starting information for any of these items that you add to your experiment.
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Dr. Biology. (2009, September 30). Designing Your Own Exercise Experiment. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved February 20, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/designing-your-own-experiment
Dr. Biology. "Designing Your Own Exercise Experiment". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 30 September, 2009. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/designing-your-own-experiment
Dr. Biology. "Designing Your Own Exercise Experiment". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 30 Sep 2009. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 20 Feb 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/designing-your-own-experiment
Designing an exercise experiment is a great way to learn and help your body at the same time.