Master's degree

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Birmingham, United Kingdom

Exercise and Sport Sciences

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Subject area: physical education, tourism, services
Qualification: MPhil, MRes, MSc
Kind of studies: full-time studies, part-time studies
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Master of Research (MRes)
Exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, including increasing growth and development, preventing aging, strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, and also for enjoyment. Many individuals choose to exercise publicly outdoors where they can congregate in groups, socialize, and enhance well-being.
Sport (British English) or sports (American English) includes all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators. Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals. In certain sports such as racing, many contestants may compete, simultaneously or consecutively, with one winner; in others, the contest (a match) is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other. Some sports allow a tie game; others provide tie-breaking methods to ensure one winner and one loser. A number of contests may be arranged in a tournament producing a champion. Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season, followed in some cases by playoffs.
I get my exercise running to the funerals of my friends who exercise.
Barry Gray, New York magazine (May 19, 1980).
Health is the vital principle of bliss,
And exercise, of health.
James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, Canto ii, Stanza 55. (1748).
I feel about exercise the same way that I feel about a few other things: that there is nothing wrong with it if it is done in private by consenting adults.
Anna Quindlen, Living Out Loud, p. 65, Fawcett Columbine (1988).

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