PK103: Fitness as Medicine

Change your life and the lives of others.

  • Up-to-date science & practice in exercise & health
  • Tools to help prescribe exercise programs for any age & life stage
  • Latest techniques for longevity & optimal health
  • Upskill in exercise physiology & the body’s energy systems

Approx. 20 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

Upskill for


Update your knowledge and stay abreast of the latest trends and research in exercise and health.

Keeping fit is a critical part of helping your clients and/or patients be the best they can be. This course is designed to give health coaches, personal trainers, caregivers, and wellness specialists the latest knowledge, and the tools they need, to prescribe exercise programs for any age and life stage. During this course, you’ll discover the latest techniques for longevity and optimal health, and gain a valuable understanding of the science of fitness.

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All our courses are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, all from the comfort of your own home.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

World Class Instructors


Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT and Professor of Public Health.

Hear what our students are saying

Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine?


  • PREKURE courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics.
  • PREKURE courses contain the latest evidence-informed knowledge and tools in lifestyle medicine.
  • PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.


What if I don’t like what I buy?

You’re protected by PREKURE’s unconditional, 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. We want you to have peace of mind when you buy any of our programs, so we give you up to 30 risk-free days from the date you purchase to decide if it’s for you.

If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.

Course Content

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Module 1: What is physical activity and exercise?

What are the components of fitness? Learn about different physical activity domains and why physical activity helps the body be better.

We look at the difference between physical activity, fitness, exercise, and sedentary behaviour. We also introduce you to the physical activity guidelines and the evidence behind fitness, health and longevity.

Module 2: Exercise physiology

Find out more about the mismatch between human evolutionary legacy and modern-day living. How can these genetic traits be optimised in the modern context?

We look at how the human body works and why we have evolved to move, and explore training zones and what energy systems are in play.

Module 3: Exercise and chronic disease

Learn more about why physical activity helps prevent disease in terms of reducing cardio-metabolic syndrome risk factors. We’ll also look into why physical activity helps manage and reverse some chronic conditions.

Module 4: Exercise prescription I

In this module we dig deeper into different exercise settings, and what the benefits and disadvantages may be. You’ll learn about the basic components to consider in exercise prescription including in general practice (primary care), the fitness industry (gyms, personal trainers) and events.

Module 5: Exercise prescription II

Find out how the latest science and practice come together in fitness testing – how do you measure someone’s fitness level and how can you help them improve?

Module 6: Applied sport nutrition

In this module we explore the fuel/nutrition and health implications of metabolic flexibility.

We take a closer look at the ketogenic diet and why it may have some possible benefits for athletes and other highly active people. We then investigate how eating different mixes of carbohydrates, protein and fat may affect health and sporting performance.

Approx. 20 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

Upskill for


Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the course start and finish?

This course is available for you to start immediately as soon as you enrol with online, 24/7 access. You then have 12 months to complete your short course.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You can do this course in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately five hours of work per week. You do however have up to 12 months to complete your course.

Do I receive any certification for completing the course?

You will receive a PREKURE Certificate of Completion for this course.

What happens after I finish the course?

If you would like to continue learning, choose another Short Course or cross-credit into one of our Certificates.

Do I need any background or previous learning in the health field?

No. This course is perfect if you want to upskill for your own benefit. You will learn many tips and tricks that will help you and your loved ones. To date, we have had GPs, nurses, full-time mums, gardeners, IT specialists, and more enrolling on this course.

I am a nurse, physio or pharmacist. Does this course counts towards my CPD credits?

Yes, it counts as 20 hours.

How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?

The course is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching Faculty with extensive real-world experience. One of our past students says, “By aligning with a professional group like PREKURE, I can reassure my clients that I am using the latest, evidence-based tools and techniques to support them.”

Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?

Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Do I get lifetime access to this course?

No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol. Each module does however come with notes that you can download.

If you’re completing this Short Course as part of a Certificate you can retain access to your course content by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE Certificate graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.

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