Fitness & Health - 6th Edition / Edition 6

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Discover how to achieve the maximum benefits of physical activity. This sixth edition of Fitness & Health is your guide to both a deeper understanding of the exercise–health relationship and a map for meeting your individual needs and goals. The book clearly explains how the body responds to physical activity, why physical activity is so beneficial to health, and the way in which physical activity enhances these areas of fitness:

- Aerobic and muscular fitness

- Weight control

- Performance in work and sport

- Energy and vitality

Authors Brian Sharkey, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine and a world-renowned fitness authority, and sport physiologist and Olympic coach Steven Gaskill present a wealth of research-based advice and activities. They provide information on aerobic fitness and prescription, which emphasizes sustained fitness, and incorporate the latest research and nutrition information regarding weight control.

Considered a classic, this revised and updated edition has already helped thousands of readers experience firsthand the benefits of more physical activity. Make Fitness & Health a priority and you, too, will be rewarded.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this age of trendy diets and looming obesity statistics, this book couldn't be more useful. Fitness researcher, educator, and author Sharkey (health & human performance, emeritus, Univ. of Montana), who first published this renowned guide in 1974, here teams up with Olympic coach Gaskill (health & human performance, Univ. of Montana) for the sixth edition. Known as the "thinking person's fitness book," this work discusses not only how to eat and exercise well but also why one should adopt such a lifestyle. The authors maintain a focus on the emotional as well as physical benefits of exercise and support their recommendations with relevant research studies and statistics. The book's scholarly nature makes it a staple in many college health courses, but in this particular edition, which encourages engaging in "the active life" rather than just focusing on performance, Sharkey and Gaskill also draw in the average reader by including straightforward sample fitness programs, training tips, activities, and basic injury care. Their relaxed tone and dispersed inspirational quotes from such luminaries as Chinese Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu and science fiction/fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin also engage readers. Essential for academic and larger public libraries. Jennifer Johnston, formerly with San Bernardino P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736056144
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian J. Sharkey has nearly 40 years of experience as a leading fitness researcher, educator, and author. Sharkey served as director of the University of Montana's Human Performance Laboratory for many years and remains associated with the university and lab as professor emeritus. He is also a consultant with the U.S. Forest Service in the areas of fitness, health, and work capacity.

Sharkey is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the NCAA committee on competitive safeguards and medical aspects of sports, where he chaired the Sports Science and Safety subcommittee, which uses research and data on injury to improve the safety of intercollegiate athletes. He also coordinated the U.S. Ski Team Nordic Sportsmedicine Council.

Steven Gaskill is in the department of health and human performance at the University of Montana. Gaskill worked for the U.S. ski team for 10 years as head coach of the Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing) and cross-country teams and as director of the coaches' educational programs. He has coached at three Olympic Games, and 20 skiers who have trained under him have competed in the Olympics. In 1992, the U.S. Ski Association named him the U.S. Cross-Country Coach of the Year.

Sharkey and Gaskill also coauthored Sport Physiology for Coaches (Human Kinetics, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Part I Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health
Chapter 1. Health Benefits of Activity and Fitness
Chapter 2. Activity and Mental Health
Chapter 3. Activity and Personal Health

Part II Aerobic Fitness
Chapter 4. Understanding Aerobic Fitness
Chapter 5. Aerobic Training Effect
Chapter 6. Improving Aerobic Fitness
Chapter 7. Implementing an Aerobic Fitness Program

Part III Muscular Fitness
Chapter 8. Understanding Muscular Fitness
Chapter 9. Benefits of Muscular Fitness
Chapter 10. Improving Muscular Fitness

Part IV Activity and Weight Control
Chapter 11. Nutrition and Health
Chapter 12. Energy Balance
Chapter 13. Activity, Diet, and Weight Control
Chapter 14. Weight-Control Programs

Part V Performance
Chapter 15. Performance in Sport and Work
Chapter 16. Environment and Performance

Part VI Vitality and Longevity
Chapter 17. Age, Activity, and Vitality
Chapter 18. Psychology of Activity
Chapter 19. Activity and the Quality of Life

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