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Physical fitness : a way of life
Getchell, Bud, 1934-
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1976]

Physical Description:
xi, 300 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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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. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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