Fitness Illustrated

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Tired of the same old fitness advice" You know the drill: Eat less, exercise more, and life will be grand. Sounds easy enough, so why don't the results follow" And most of all, what can you do to achieve your fitness goals"

Fitness Illustrated allows you to see exercise and activity from a whole new perspective. In this one-of-a-kind guide, author Brian Sharkey takes you inside each type of activity to show you what works, what doesn't, and why! You'll go beyond the basics to ...

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Overview

Tired of the same old fitness advice" You know the drill: Eat less, exercise more, and life will be grand. Sounds easy enough, so why don't the results follow" And most of all, what can you do to achieve your fitness goals"

Fitness Illustrated allows you to see exercise and activity from a whole new perspective. In this one-of-a-kind guide, author Brian Sharkey takes you inside each type of activity to show you what works, what doesn't, and why! You'll go beyond the basics to see how your body changes with increased activity. From how muscles gain size and strength to the effect of aerobic activity on heart and lung function, this is fitness as you have never seen it before.

Straightforward explanations, expert advice, and hundreds of full-color illustrations and photographs make Fitness Illustrated your guide to these matters:

Improving aerobic fitness, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility

Shaping and toning your body, including your core

Coping with various health issues such as arthritis and preventing heart disease

Managing weight with nutrition and activity

Preventing and treating injuries, muscle cramps, and joint pain

You'll also learn to separate fitness fact from fiction, design fitness programs around the activities that you enjoy, and reduce stress and add life to your years.

Whether you want to complete a 5k run, manage your weight, or improve muscle tone and definition, Fitness Illustrated is your personalized map for reaching your fitness goals!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If one were to judge by the title and cover art, Sharkey's (Fitness & Health) latest book might be one of those fitness tracts heavy on anatomical illustrations, of which Pat Manocchia's Anatomy of Exercise is a good example. Though it does include a few such illustrations, this is rather more a narrative-driven guide to the concepts behind aerobic and muscular fitness, nutrition and weight control, and vitality and longevity, teeming with large color photographs, case studies, exercise tips, health assessments, training programs, and annotated illustrations of everything from the ideal running shoe to the characteristics of slow-twitch vs. fast-twitch fibers. A four-page "Energy Expenditure Chart" estimating the number of calories burned per minute for every imaginable activity rounds out the work. VERDICT Beginners of all ages and fitness levels are sure to appreciate this shallow-end-of-the-pool approach to improving one's health, whose gentle but comprehensive guidance and instruction will equip them to venture, at their own pace, into the deep end.—Raya Kuzyk, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736081580
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/8/2010
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 829,669
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Sharkey, PhD, is a leading fitness researcher, educator, and author. Sharkey has more than 45 years of experience in exercise, sport, and work physiology. He is professor emeritus at the University of Montana, where he served as director of the Human Performance Laboratory and remains associated with the university and lab. He currently serves as a consultant with several federal agencies in the areas of fitness, health, and work capacity, especially of wildland firefighters. He has won several awards for his work, including the 2009 International Association of Wildland Fire’s Wildland Fire Safety Award for his contributions to wildland firefighter safety and health.  

Sharkey authored or contributed to over a dozen books on exercise, sport, and work physiology and fitness and numerous research papers. He 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 to improve the safety of intercollegiate athletics. He also coordinated the United States ski team Nordic Sports Medicine Council.

In his leisure time, Brian enjoys cross-country and alpine skiing, road and mountain biking, running and hiking in the hills and valleys, and paddling the rivers and lakes of Montana. He lives with his wife, Ann, close to his daughter, son, and grandchildren in Missoula, Montana.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgments vii

Credits viii

1 Activity and Fitness 1

Why Get Fit"

2 Understanding Aerobic Fitness 15

O2 and You

3 Aerobic Fitness Training 41

A Gentle Pastime

4 Aerobic Programs 65

Have It Your Way

5 Understanding Muscular Fitness 95

Strength and Endurance

6 Muscular Fitness Training 123

Shape Yourself

7 Muscular Programs 149

Designed for You

8 Nutrition and Weight Control 191

Eat to Live

9 Health Issues and exercise Tips 233

Overcoming Hurdles

10 Fitness Facts and Fallacies 259

What's the Truth"

11 Vitality and Longevity 281

Add Life to Your Years

Appendix: Energy Expenditure Chart 304

Bibliography 308

Index 310

About the Author 315

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