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Physical Fitness: A Way of Life / Edition 5

Physical Fitness: A Way of Life / Edition 5

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Now in its fifth edition, this book continues to take a positive, lighthearted, and realistic approach to promoting exercise as a way for living a life of health and fitness. Emphasis is placed on presenting the basic information on physical fitness, allowing the reader to choose a fitness program that is appropriate for his/her way of life. The book includes coverage of a variety of physical activity programs, ranging from beginning to advanced. The programs presented focus on health-related fitness components, including muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. New topics include: expanded coverage of cardiorespitory fitness, resistance training coverage, and more. Teachers of health and physical fitness or those interested in acquiring and maintaining a healthful lifestyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205198740
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 02/20/1998
Edition description: REV
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters include “Summary,” “Key Words,” and “Way of Life Library.”

1.Physical Fitness and Wellness.

Health: To Live Better Rather Than Longer.

Health and Wellness.

Exercise—The Positive Do!

Is Exercise for You?

Why Physical Fitness?

What Is Physical Fitness?

Components of Physical Fitness.

Fundamental Reasons for Physical Fitness.

2.Getting Started and Staying With It.

Strategies for a Lifetime of Physical Activity.

3.Assessing Your Fitness.

Physical Fitness Test Battery.

Interpreting Your Results.

Evaluating Body Composition.

Evaluating Flexibility.

Evaluating Motor Skill.

Evaluating Muscular Strength.

Evaluating Muscular Endurance.

Evaluating Cardiorespiratory Endurance.

Using Your Results to Develop Your Own Fitness Profile.

4.The Basic Principles of Exercise.

Principle 1: The Individuality Principle.

Principle 2: The Overload Principle.

Principle 3: The Specificity Principle.

Principle 4: The Reversibility Principle.

Elements of a Workout.

5.Developing Cardiorespiratory Endurance.

Benefits of Cardiorespiratory Exercise.

Training Specifics.

Varying Exercise Mode, Intensity, Duration, and Frequency.


Run—Walk: A Basic Program.

6.Cardiorespiratory Endurance Activities.



Aerobics/Aerobic Dance.

Water Aerobics.

Step Aerobics.

Rope Skipping.

In-Line Skating.

Cardiorespiratory Endurance Exercise Equipment.

7.Developing Muscular Strength and Endurance.

Benefits of Muscular Strength and Endurance.

Resistance Training Misconception.

Training Specifics.

Other Resistance Training Guidelines.

Clothing, Accessories, and Equipment.

Muscle Adaptations to Resistance Training.

Exercises for Building Strength and Endurance.

8.Stretching for Flexibility.

Benefits of Stretching.

Training Specifics.

Stretches to Avoid.

Clothing and Equipment.

Flexibility Exercises.

9.Advanced Fitness and Training.

Interval Training.

Training for Speed and Explosiveness.

Fitness Events.

10.Nutrition and Exercise.

Nutrition Basics.

Guidelines for Good Nutrition.

Food, Energy, and Exercise.

Energy Expenditure During Exercise.

Guidelines for Healthy Body Composition.

11.Exercise and Heart Disease.


Coronary Risk Factors.

Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Physical Activity and Coronary Heart Disease.

12.Related Health and Fitness Issues.

Managing Stress.

Avoiding Injuries.

Women and Exercise.

Environmental Conditions.

Lower-Back Pain.


13.A Lifetime of Sports Participation.

A Look at Sports and Physical Fitness.

Getting the Most Out of Sports.

Rating the Fitness Potential of Lifetime Sports.

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