- An exercise physiologist studies the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity. This knowledge can then be applied to improve or maintain health, fitness or performance.
- Traditionally, exercise physiologists worked and studied only with athletes to improve performance.
- Today, however, exercise physiologist also work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to increase health, fitness, and quality of life of the general population. For example, an exercise physiologist may work as a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, a personal trainer, or direct an employee fitness program.
- At least an undergraduate degree is required.