Fitness Information for Teens: Health Tips about Exercise, Physical Well-Being, and Health Maintenance

Overview

According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, adolescence itself is a risk factor for physical inactivity-a major contributor to obesity, one of the most serious chronic health conditions threatening the nation today. During the teen years, opportunities to participate in organized sports decrease and fewer hours are spent in physical education classes. Teens also walk less once they start driving, and activities like watching television, listening to music, playing video games, and online ...
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Overview

According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, adolescence itself is a risk factor for physical inactivity-a major contributor to obesity, one of the most serious chronic health conditions threatening the nation today. During the teen years, opportunities to participate in organized sports decrease and fewer hours are spent in physical education classes. Teens also walk less once they start driving, and activities like watching television, listening to music, playing video games, and online computing can lead to the development of a sedentary lifestyle. By increasing activity and becoming fit, however, teens can adopt habits that will help them maintain wellness throughout their adult years.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Tara L.E. Mahanes, BS (St. Mary's Sports Medicine)
Description: This easy to read, well-written, up-to-date overview of fitness for teenagers provides excellent wellness and exercise tips, information, and directions. This second edition updates a 2004 publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce teenagers to the reasons for and benefits of wellness and fitness. This is crucial due to the ever-increasing obesity problem in our country. The author meets these objectives well with chapters on the benefits and reasons for exercising, followed by sport-specific exercises and tips.
Audience: The reading level is appropriate for teens.
Features: The descriptions of fitness and reasons for fitness in the book are current and well written, but the majority of the book focuses on the different ways teens can become active. There are descriptions of sports, definitions of the terms used in the sport, ways to get started, and how to play the sport. The book ends with possible problems that might occur with starting a fitness program and then addresses ways to combat these problems. The "Quick Tips," "It's a Fact!!," "Remember!!," and "What's it Mean?" boxes are great tools for tips, definitions, ideas, and understanding of the topics. The most glaring deficiency in the book is the lack of pictures.
Assessment: Overall, this is a competent, well-organized book that sufficiently introduces teens to fitness and many different sports and activities. It is a useful tool for them to obtain a base knowledge in fitness topics and different sports.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

This no-nonsense guide packs a great deal into its pages. Much of the information is similar to that in the first edition (2004), although it has been slightly reorganized and a couple of chapters have been added, most notably two at the beginning about defining fitness as well as a chapter on activities for teens with physical challenges. Topics include reasons to stay fit, how to get started with diet and exercise, how to maintain a fitness program, activities to try, and where to find out more. Each chapter includes input from a variety of doctors and other health professionals and is extremely detailed without getting bogged down in medical jargon. There is even advice on how to choose appropriate athletic shoes and basic rules for many recreational activities and sports. The Nemours Foundation Kid's Health Web site is referenced throughout, and other Web resources have been added. The text is written in a conversational tone that pairs well with the topic. The only drawback is the lack of illustrations, which would have helped, especially in the sections about choosing shoes and exercise equipment, and playing different sports. This is a helpful reference for basic diet and exercise information for health reports or personal use.-Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780810457
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Teen Health Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Before You Get Started

Chapter 1 Fitness: Steps To A Healthy Life 3

Chapter 2 Defining Fitness 11

Chapter 3 Why Should I Be Active? 19

Chapter 4 Body Image And Self Esteem 27

Chapter 5 Sports Physicals 37

Part 2 Fitness Fundamentals

Chapter 6 Your Multitalented Muscles 45

Chapter 7 Working Your Muscles 51

Chapter 8 Stretching: An Important Component Of Fitness 65

Chapter 9 Exercise To Build Healthy Bones 71

Chapter 10 Measuring Physical Activity Intensity 79

Chapter 11 Make An Exercise Plan 85

Chapter 12 Using Exercise Equipment 91

Chapter 13 Choosing Shoes And Apparel 127

Part 3 Activities To Try

Chapter 14 Aerobic Step Bench Training 133

Chapter 15 Spinning And Bicycling 137

Chapter 16 Golf 143

Chapter 17 Gymnastics And Cheerleading 147

Chapter 18 Kickboxing And Martial Arts 153

Chapter 19 Pilates And Yoga 157

Chapter 20 Play Ball: Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, And Soccer 163

Chapter 21 Skating And Skateboarding 175

Chapter 22 Snow Sports: Skiing And Snowboarding 181

Chapter 23 Strength Training 197

Chapter 24 Racquetball, Tennis, And Volleyball 203

Chapter 25 Running, Walking, Jumping, Hiking, And Climbing 211

Chapter 26 Water Sports: Swimming, Diving, Skiing, Surfing, Kayaking, And Canoeing 227

Chapter 27 Activities For Kids With Physical Challenges 249

Part 4 Maintaining Health And Fitness

Chapter 28 Take Charge Of Your Health 255

Chapter 29 Exercise And Weight Control 267

Chapter 30 Water: An Essential Nutrient 277

Chapter 31 Sports Nutrition 285

Chapter 32 Dietary Supplements: Facts Vs. Fads 293

Chapter 33 Mental Wellness 297

Chapter 34 AdolescentSleep Needs And Patterns 315

Chapter 35 Locker Room Hygiene 325

Part 5 Avoiding Fitness Busters

Chapter 36 Overcome Barriers: Make Physical Activity Easy And Safe 329

Chapter 37 Don't Let Health Issues Keep You On The Sidelines 335

Chapter 38 Cold Weather, Hot Weather, And Cardiovascular Disease 345

Chapter 39 Dealing With Sports Injuries 349

Chapter 40 Drugs In Sports 359

Chapter 41 Are Steroids Worth The Risk? 373

Chapter 42 Compulsive Exercise 379

Chapter 43 The Female Athlete Triad 383

Part 6 If You Need More Information

Chapter 44 The President's Challenge 391

Chapter 45 Fitness Organizations 397

Chapter 46 Suggested Additional Reading 409

Index 417

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