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Fitness & Health-7th Edition

Fitness & Health-7th Edition

$96.95 CAD


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    The completely revised seventh edition of Fitness & Health offers a comprehensive understanding of the exercise–health relationship and provides a framework for attaining health and fitness goals. This one-stop handbook for students and fitness professionals explores the physiology and benefits of fitness while also providing information and tools for improving health and wellness. Authors Brian J. Sharkey and Steven E. Gaskill have 60 years of combined experience in the field, as evidenced in the depth of content and accessible style of writing. The book aims not only to educate but also to inspire the audience to put the suggested methods into practice and have a positive effect on their quality of life.

    Fitness & Health, Seventh Edition, includes fresh, new content and has been restructured to enhance the educational experience:

    • An entirely new chapter detailing behavior change, helping readers better understand the psychology of activity and how to modify individual behaviors using documented strategies

    • A revised chapter on the physiology of fitness to help readers grasp the science behind aerobic and muscular fitness

    • Proven methods for achieving aerobic and muscular fitness, plus strategies for exercising in high heat and humidity, extreme cold, high altitude, and environments with low air quality

    • New information on physical activity and brain health that shows how an active life improves learning, higher-order brain processes, and academic achievement

    • A detailed explanation of the Exercise is Medicine movement that highlights the benefits of regular physical activity in terms of improving quality of life and reducing health risks

    Students will excel with chapter summaries of content for easier review and tables and figures that organize information for quick reference. The seventh edition also includes special elements to highlight interesting content on health and fitness, including important health behaviors, testing procedures, and proven fitness programs. In addition, instructors benefit from the inclusion of new ancillaries containing an instructor guide complete with lab activities, a test package, and a presentation package plus image bank.

    With Fitness & Health, students learn the body’s response to exercise and acquire strategies for motivating themselves or others to commit to an active and healthy life. The book explains how the body responds to physical activity; why physical activity is beneficial to health; and how physical activity can help people increase aerobic and muscular fitness, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, enhance performance in work and sport, and improve vitality.


    Textbook for undergraduate students taking courses covering topics related to general fitness, exercise, physical activity, health, and wellness; a reference for fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts.

    Part I. Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health

    Chapter 1. Health Benefits of Activity and Fitness

    Activity Reduces the Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

    Activity Reduces the Risk of Chronic Diseases

    Activity Increases Longevity


    Chapter 2. Mental and Cognitive Health: A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

    Activity Reduces Anxiety and Depression

    Activity Minimizes Stress

    Activity Improves Cognitive Health

    Activity as a Positive Addiction


    Chapter 3. Activity and Personal Health Assessment: It’s Your Responsibility

    Functions of Health Screening and Early Detection

    Annual Medical Examination

    Cholesterol Screening

    Pre-Exercise Medical Examination

    Evaluating the Risks of Activity

    Individual Health Risk Analysis


    Part II. Turning Your Life Around

    Chapter 4. Psychology of Activity: Learning to Play



    Goal Setting

    Setting Your Preference to Exertion


    Chapter 5. Behavior Change: Gaining Control

    Activity in Modern Society

    Barriers to Physical Activity

    Environment and Behavior

    Stages of Behavioral Change

    Behavior Modification Strategies

    Positive Behavior Maintenance

    Relapse Solutions

    Visualization Strategies


    Chapter 6. Meaningful Activity: Lifetime Vitality

    Meaningful Physical Activity

    Incorporating Purposeful Activity into Daily Living

    Environment and Purposeful Activity

    Aging and Activity

    Health Habits for Longevity

    Personality Attributes for Longevity

    Age and Performance


    Part III. Understanding Fitness

    Chapter 7. Physiology of Fitness: Muscles, Energy, and Oxygen

    Muscle Contractions

    Energy Sources

    Energy for Contractions

    Supply and Support Systems

    Genetic Responses to Exercise


    Chapter 8. Aerobic Fitness: Stamina and Efficiency

    Aerobic Exercise

    Aerobic Fitness

    Aerobic Training Effects

    Aerobic Training and Muscle Function

    Aerobic Training and Body Composition

    Aerobic Training and the Skeletal System

    Training Supply and Support

    Specificity of Training

    Aerobic Fitness Field Tests


    Chapter 9. Muscular Fitness: Strength and Endurance

    Muscular Strength

    Muscular Endurance




    Agility and Skill


    Benefits of Muscular Fitness

    Strength Training Effects

    Endurance Training Effects

    Methods of Training

    Muscle Soreness

    Force–Velocity Relationship

    Preload and Elastic Recoil

    Core Training

    Muscular Fitness Field Tests


    Part IV. Improving Fitness

    Chapter 10. Aerobic Fitness Training: Steps for Success

    Fitness Prescription

    Training Tips

    Aerobic Fitness Options

    Exercise Risks

    Sample Aerobic Fitness Prescriptions


    Chapter 11. Muscular Fitness Training: Lifetime Mobility

    Muscular Strength Fitness Prescription

    Muscular Endurance Fitness Prescription

    Sample Muscular Fitness Prescriptions


    Part V. Activity and Weight Control

    Chapter 12. Energy and Nutrition: Fuel for the Active Life


    Dietary Guidelines

    Energy Intake

    Energy Expenditure

    Calculating Caloric Intake

    Estimating Caloric Expenditure

    Diet and Performance


    Chapter 13. Weight Control: More Than Calories Count

    Overweight and Obesity

    Measuring Body Fat

    Ideal Body Weight

    Activity and Weight Control

    Exercise Prescription for Weight Control

    Adopting a Healthy Diet

    Weight-Control Fallacies

    Sensible Weight Gain


    Part VI. Performance

    Chapter 14. Training: Athletic Performance

    Training Principles

    Training Fallacies

    Designing Your Training Program

    Periodizing Your Training Program

    Psychology of Performance



    Fitness and Work


    Chapter 15. Environment: Acclimate, Then Perform

    Regulating Temperature

    Exercising in the Heat

    Exercising in the Cold

    Exercising at Altitude

    Avoiding the Effects of Air Pollution


    Brian J. Sharkey, PhD, 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 also served as a consultant with the U.S. Forest Service in the areas of fitness, health, and work capacity.

    Sharkey is a fellow and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and has served on the board of trustees. He 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. Sharkey also coordinated the U.S. Ski Team Nordic Sportsmedicine Council. In 2009, Sharkey recevied the Fire Safety Award from the International Association of Wildland Firefighters.

    Sharkey and his wife, Anne, reside in Missoula, Montana. He enjoys hiking, paddling, cycling, and both cross-country and downhill skiing.

    Steven E. Gaskill, PhD, is a professor in the department of health and human performance at the University of Montana. His research interests include the relationship of physical activity to cognitive functioning in children; submaximal aerobic fitness and its relationship to work capacity and chronic disease; and long-duration work and exercise fitness as related to fitness, fatigue, immune function, and cognitive performance. Gaskill has published over 40 articles in refereed journals, presented his reasearch at numerous conferences, and authored three books.

    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.

    Gaskill enjoys backpacking, tennis, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, and mountaineering. Serious about the active life, he continues to be active year round with his wife, Kathy

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

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel

    Instructor guide. Includes sample lecture outlines, key points, and student assignments for every chapter in the text, along with sample laboratory exercises and direct links to a range of detailed sources.

    Test package. Features a bank of questions, including true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short-answer, and multiple-choice. The test package is available for use through multiple formats, including a learning management system, Respondus, and rich text.

    Presentation package plus image bank. Includes PowerPoint slides of text, photos, and artwork from the book that instructors can use for class discussion and illustration. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for slides based on key words.