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To examine the link between the rate of respiration and the amount of exercise done by exercising vigorously and recording pulse rate.

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Respiration Coursework By Laura Hitchinson Aim: To examine the link between the rate of respiration and the amount of exercise done by exercising vigorously and recording pulse rate. Introduction: In order to function the body needs energy. Everything we do from sleeping to sport uses up energy. We create this energy through respiration. There are two types of respiration, anaerobic and aerobic. In aerobic respiration oxygen is used but in anaerobic respiration none is used. In this experiment we will be looking at aerobic respiration because the exercise is not very strenuous and anaerobic respiration won't be needed because anaerobic respiration only kicks in when aerobic respiration is not providing enough energy to keep the body going. ...read more.


This is then recorded. 2. The subject then does steps for 30 seconds. 3. The subject stops and pulse rate is measured and recorded. 4. The subject then relaxes for 2 minutes and their pulse rate is checked once again to see that it is back to normal. 5. When their pulse has returned to normal you then repeat steps 1, 2, 3 and 4. 6. Once you have done three sets of steps for 30 seconds, you then move the time up to one minute and repeat steps 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 again. Increase the length of exercise by 30 seconds each time until 2 minutes 30 seconds Equipment: Stop watch Stairs/a step. ` Someone to measure the subjects pulse. ...read more.


Evaluation: I think the experiment went without any major problems. My method worked although I think we should of used a metronome in order to make sure the subject did the same exercise in all of the attempts because they may have done the step-ups slower or faster at some points which would of effected their pulse rate. This could be why the average pulse rate drops slightly in the last go. I think I could of changed the way we went about things by instead of timing the amount of exercise we did we could of done it so that we counted it by how many step-ups the subject did like 30 step-ups, 50 step-ups, 70 step-ups etc. ...read more.

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