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Hours to complete

Approx. 4 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 1.5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 1.5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 minutes to complete

Welcome to Sit Less, Get Active 1

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Reading
1 reading
Reading1 reading
Welcome to the course!2m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Defining, measuring and getting started with physical activity

Welcome to the first week of the Sit Less, Get Active journey! Watch the exciting videos and learn the basics about physical activity and sedentariness; how much physical activity we should be doing; how to monitor your physical activity levels and set physical activity goals; and how to judge how credible the resources for physical activity are. Use the opportunity to engage with others by participating in discussion forums. Join the discussion on barriers and facilitators to physical activity, as we would love to learn more about what helps you or makes it difficult for you to be active daily. Also, share and discuss with us your favourite physical activity resources.Test your knowledge through practice or weekly quizzes and also practice monitoring your own physical activity and setting physical activity goals. Happy Learning! Sit Less, Get Active Team ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 28 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
Video7 videos
Practical ways to meet the guidelines3m
Monitoring physical activity6m
Physical Activity Goal Setting3m
Case Study 1: Sabine's running goals1m
Case Study 2: Melissa's running goals2m
Physical Activity Resources3m
Reading6 readings
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Assignment: Practice monitoring your own physical activity10m
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Concepts and guidelines6m
Vigorous, moderate, what do these mean?1m
Monitoring activity1m
Goal Setting1m
Goal setting assignment1m
Credible sources1m
Week 1 Quiz15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Sit less, get active wherever you are!

We hope you enjoyed the videos and activities in Week 1. If you haven’t started your assignments, now is the great time to start with the week of monitoring your physical activity and goal setting. This week we will give you tips and suggestions on how to be more active in your neighbourhood, at work, home and school, and how to travel actively to destinations. Discuss with others about what helps you and what keeps you from being active in your neighbourhood or at work. Also, check out additional tips in the optional readings. We hope these videos, tasks and additional readings will help you to complete the practice quizzes and a weekly quiz successfully. As always, happy learning! Sit Less, Get Active Team....
Reading
5 videos (Total 25 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 2: What is active travel?4m
Video 3: Sit less, get active at home5m
Video 4: Sit less, get active at work5m
Video 5: Sit less, get active in an educational environment3m
Reading6 readings
Optional reading10m
Assignment reminder1m
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Built and natural envronments1m
What have we learnt about active travel?2m
How can you be more active at home?1m
Being active during work1m
Educational environments1m
Step count10m
Diary10m
Week 2 Quiz11m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Making physical activity a lifelong habit for you and others

Week 3 is starting and bringing with itself new great videos and activities. If you have never heard about the pelvic floor, check out the video on physical activity in pregnancy. Guest speaker Elaine Miller, a physiotherapist and a stand-up comedian, will help you learn more about the pelvic floor and how to strengthen it. Other videos this week will tell you about what leisure centres have to offer, how dancing can help us be more active, how we can make physical activity a habit, and how we can inspire others to sit less and be more active. Remember to track your weekly steps and record them in the assignment. Also, have you set yourself some SMART goals? We encourage you to stay with us after these 3 weeks and get an additional dose of physical activity promotion. We will be sending you weekly physical activity promotional messages and monthly short inspirational videos for 6 months to help you stay active. You can also follow us on Twitter @GetActiveMOOC - Happy Learning! Sit Less, Get Active Team...
Reading
10 videos (Total 29 min), 30 readings, 6 quizzes
Video10 videos
Sit less, get active during pregnancy8m
Dance for health2m
Make physical activity a habit3m
Support others to sit less and get more active!1m
Jamie Andrew, Scottish Mountaineer: "Set yourself goals."1m
Frances Bain, Paths for All: “Walk for health”1m
Michael Tornow, NHS: “Any level of activity is better than none”1m
Ashleigh Corry, NHS Lothian: “Sit less and be more active at work”2m
Amanda Jones, NHS Lothian: a bit on the use of exercise balls at work1m
Reading30 readings
Optional reading10m
Assignment reminder10m
Optional reading10m
Optional reading10m
Physical activity makes people happier :-)1m
Encourage others to be active1m
Regular activity can reduce your risk of chronic diseases1m
Go on a walk with friends, colleagues or family1m
Set a physical activity goal and get going1m
Every move is a good move1m
Physical activity is a great opportunity for socialising1m
It is never too late to start exercising1m
Play sports you enjoy1m
Go for a walk and sharpen your mind1m
Active people can live longer1m
Exercise is the best medicine1m
Dance for health1m
Try walking or standing meetings1m
Go outside and enjoy your favourite outdoor activity1m
Be active during pregnancy1m
Be active at leisure centres1m
Make physical activity a habit1m
Watching TV? Be active during commercial breaks1m
Be active at home1m
Walk, cycle, skate or scoot to destinations1m
Take the stairs for better health1m
Physical activity can improve your academic performance1m
Share physical activity resources or be someone's activity buddy1m
Try a new activity to stay motivated1m
Choose activity that suit your lifestyle1m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Physical Activity in a Leisure Centre1m
Physical activity in pregnancy1m
Dancing and health1m
Forming a habit1m
Sit Less, Get Active for all!1m
Week 3 Quiz15m
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Top Reviews

By MMJul 25th 2016

This is a very useful and short course that covers all you need to get active, and is well seupported by a well chosen set of optional readings for anyone wanting to learn more. Highly recommended.

By DBDec 27th 2016

A must go through course.. minimal video time and max life changing learning.. awareness from this course will make your life much better in long (read 66 days) run.\n\nAll the best :)

Instructors

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Danijela Gašević

Lecturer
Centre for Population Health Sciences
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Graham Baker

Chancellor's Fellow
Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
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Andrew Murray

Sports Medicine Physician
Sport and Exercise, University of Edinburgh
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Chris Oliver

Professor
Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
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Helen Ryall

Healthy University Project Co-ordinator
Sport & Exercise, University of Edinburgh

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