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"Science has just the privilege of teaching us what we do not know, by replacing feeling with reason and experience." — Claude Bernard
Use the links at left to access downloadable teaching materials for lessons at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. All materials have been field-tested by teachers. Lesson topics include effects of exercise on heart and breathing rates, effects of clogged arteries and obesity on rate of flow through blood vessels, measuring lung capacity and testing muscle contractions. Resources for discussing careers in physiology are also available on these pages. All materials are free.
We also encourage you to use the following resources on exercise and health provided by federal agencies and other professional societies. Links are provided in Resources below.
These websites are external to the American Physiological Society and the links are provided for your convenience and information. The APS is not responsible for the content of these external links but recognizes these organizations as leaders in the areas of health and/or education.
ACSM touts the benefits of regular physical activity and sport through comprehensive, up-to-date information developed by ACSM members and certified professionals, and shared through its brochure series and Current Comment fact sheet series.
Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, and it's especially important for people with diabetes. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy.
Exercising as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease. For every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours.
This booklet will help you to understand the impact of physical activity on your heart, as well as the power of regular activity to help keep you healthy overall.
As an advocate of coordinated school health programming, AMLE provides resources to schools and communities in their efforts to develop healthy, productive, and ethical citizens.
There is no need to think of strenuous exercise or boring workouts. Instead, do the fun activities you enjoy and watch the health benefits follow!