How much I’ve learned
I believed I learned a lot more than I thought I would. I initially thought I already knew most of what this course would offer, having been physically active these past few years. I learned more about how to improve my physical fitness and how to preserve it. I also learned about nutrition and taking care of my body through what I consume. This course also gave me time to reflect on my own life through the lessons on stress and lifestyles. My learning goals of learning more about how to master physical activity were achieved as I was able to use my knowledge from this course to develop my own fitness programs. I try to apply the knowledge I gained on nutrition and stress more each day, and I think this shows that I learned and achieved a lot from this course.
The most important lesson of this course to me
The most important lesson I learned from this course was the scientific side of physical activity. Many – me included – make the mistake of looking at exercise as a mere physical task. What I learned from this course about fitness components, fitness training, body types, and proper nutrition are lessons which will help me and which I will put to use for as long as I am physically active. While tackling each of these lessons, I started looking more at my body and trying to discover what I needed to do to improve. In my Wushu training, it is important to perfect form. I tried applying what I learned each module to help me improve my performance. I made my own program to develop leg power for jumps based on our module on creating a fitness program. On nutrition, I now make an effort to eat a full meal with the different food groups for greater nutrition on training days to give me extra energy. The lessons I learned on fitness helped me the most and are the ones I will continue to apply as often as I can after finishing this course.
My Physical Activity Attitude then and now
There’s hasn’t been that great a change in my Physical Activity Attitude Questionnaire results. I still have a balance of feelings rating of 7, and most of my scores on each attitude differed only marginally from my previous results. All of these differences indicated a decrease in my previous scores, however. My scores on Appearance, Relaxation, Challenge, and Competition were all lower than my first results. I attribute these differences to feelings of demotivation during training. The pressure to nail a perfect performance and my physical inadequacies may have discouraged me. The start of this course was the start of the year and I believe I had more motivation then. It does get very difficult and I am disappointed to see a decrease in my attitude score. I hope the increasing pressure does not discourage me fully because the fact that my scores did not change too much indicates that I still have a good attitude for physical activity.
Achieving my SMART goals
My two SMART goals were to get more clinical check-ups and to get more rest when sick. I have made some progress in achieving them, but not as substantial as was initially hoped. I have not been having regular check-ups, but recently I did have a check-up when I felt some problems with my throat. I have also allowed myself more rest days in between training to recover when I got sick, usually from cough. I did not have check-ups regularly because it would be too costly and I believed I was generally healthy these past few months. Despite this, I believe I have made progress on this goal based on my recent visit to the doctor. I think I have made a lot of progress on my second goal, as my current weekly schedule gives me enough time to train and enough rest periods to recover from sickness and muscle fatigue.
A fitness rating of 8/10
I rate myself an 8. I gave myself this rating because I do want to gain optimum wellness and fitness. I want to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy and I want to maintain this throughout my life. I have these goals in mind each day and try making a constant effort.
The rating is only at 8 because I often get too stressed or emotional about matters. This affects how I look at my goals and often makes me feel demotivated and discouraged. Stress in trying to improve myself during training and emotional stress with personal issues often gets me depressed and prevents me from trying to preserve my own wellness. In order to get a higher rating, I believe I should learn to take care of myself emotionally more and learn to handle stress better and adopt a more positive attitude.
This has been a hectic and challenging course. We had forums (with three threads each!), assignments, blog entries, and peer evaluation week after week. I had to monitor my food intake every day for nine weeks. I even had to do a video assignment for the first time. I can definitely say that this course met my expectations of challenging me. I’ve learned a lot and evaluated my current lifestyle so I can learn to live better. I intend to use the lessons I learned this term far into the future. I hope they carry me far and I hold on to the motivation to keep them.
Thank you for this past term, Ma’am Roja and classmates! 🙂