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Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness-3rd Edition

Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness-3rd Edition

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    Research shows direct links between regular physical activity, good health, and improved cognitive performance. Your students will receive those benefits when you incorporate the latest edition of this best-selling text into your physical education curriculum.

    Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness: The Physical Best Teacher’s Guide is a practical, field-tested tool that provides teachers with strategies to emphasize health-related fitness while maintaining all the components of their existing programs. It also guides teachers in developing effective new fitness education programs.

    This new edition is based on up-to-date research, current NASPE standards, and the new 2010 National Physical Activity Guidelines. It includes
    • updated health-related fitness concepts and expanded discussions on teaching principles and training concepts;
    • enhanced information on assessment, nutrition, inclusion, and goal setting;
    • examples for applying the material in real-world physical education settings; and
    • ready-to-use instructor resources, including a presentation package and a test package.

    Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness guides you in teaching fitness concepts through enjoyable activities and shows you how to use fitness testing as an educational and motivational tool. It provides an in-depth look at physical activity behavior, motivation, and training principles; it also presents aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition as they relate to your teaching. It also examines exercise protocols and outlines strategies for curriculum development that serves a variety of needs.

    The text can stand alone or be used with the Physical Best Activity Guides for the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Each of the activity guides comes with a CD that supplies worksheets, charts, and many other educational tools.

    Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness is the text for NASPE Physical Best specialist and instructor certification workshops. Physical Best is also designed to complement Fitness for Life resources (health-related fitness knowledge and activities for students K-12) and the Fitnessgram®/Activitygram® fitness and physical activity assessment.

    Use Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness to update your curriculum with cutting-edge information and to infuse new life into your physical education program—which will have a healthy impact on the lives of your students, both now and far into their future.


    Reference for K-12 physical educators and physical education administrators. Text for PETE instructors teaching preservice physical education classes and for NASPE in-services.

    Table of Contents


    Part I: Foundations of Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Physical Best
    What Is Physical Best?
    What Makes Physical Best Unique?
    Physical Best Companion Resources
    Related Resources
    Physical Best Certification

    Chapter 2. Physical Activity Behavior and Motivation
    Does Physical Activity Decline With Age?
    Internal Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior
    External Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior
    Why Physical Activity Decreases With Age
    Motivating Students to Be Active for Life
    Creating Physical Education Programs That Motivate
    Building a Fitness Program Using Student Goals

    Chapter 3. Basic Training Principles
    Understanding the Basic Training Principles
    Applying the Basic Training Principles
    Components of a Physical Activity Session
    Social Support and Safety Guidelines

    Chapter 4. Nutrition
    Foundations of a Healthy Diet
    Categories of Nutrition
    Dietary Tools
    Consequences of an Unhealthy Diet

    Part II: Components of Health-Related Fitness
    Chapter 5. Aerobic Fitness
    Importance of Aerobic Fitness
    Defining and Measuring Aerobic Fitness
    Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness
    Determining How Much Physical Activity Is Needed
    Aerobic Fitness Training Principles
    Monitoring Intensity
    Cross-Discipline Ideas
    Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness
    Addressing Motor Skills Through Aerobic Fitness Activities
    Safety Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness Activities

    Chapter 6. Muscular Strength and Endurance
    Definitions of Muscular Strength and Endurance Concepts
    Benefits of Resistance Training
    Resistance-Training Cautions
    Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance
    Principles of Training
    Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance
    Addressing Motor Skills Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
    Safety Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities

    Chapter 7. Flexibility
    Definitions of Flexibility Concepts
    Types of Stretching
    Benefits of Flexibility
    Factors Affecting Flexibility
    Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
    Principles of Training
    Addressing Motor Skills Through Flexibility Activities
    Safety Guidelines for Flexibility Activities

    Chapter 8. Body Composition
    Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition
    Relating Body Composition to Other Health-Related Fitness Components
    Methods of Measuring Body Composition
    Helping the Overfat or Underfat Student

    Part III: Curriculum and Teaching Methods
    Chapter 9. Integrating Health-Related Physical Fitness Education Into the Curriculum
    Curriculum Development
    Recommended Core Content for a Health-Related Fitness Education
    Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
    Program Design
    National Standards
    Developing Curriculum to Promote Lifetime Fitness
    Fitness for Life
    Determining Unit or Grade-Level Outcomes

    Chapter 10. Teaching Styles and Strategies
    Preparing the Environment
    Teaching Styles
    Enhancing Health-Related Fitness in the Classroom Setting
    The Homework Concept
    Extending Physical Activity Time

    Chapter 11. Including Everyone
    Relevant Laws
    Benefits of Inclusion
    Methods of Inclusion
    Major Areas in Which to Ensure Inclusion

    Part IV: Foundations of Assessment in Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
    Chapter 12. Principles of Assessment
    Applying Assessment Tools
    Grading and Reporting Student Progress
    Using Assessments for Program Planning

    Chapter 13. Assessing Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
    Guidelines for Appropriate Health-Related Fitness Assessment
    Tailoring Health-Related Fitness Assessment
    Using Health-Related Fitness Results Appropriately
    Guidelines for Appropriate Physical Activity Assessment
    Strategies for Assessing Physical Activity
    Using Physical Activity Assessment Results

    Chapter 14. Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains
    Cognitive and Affective Domains
    Health-Related Fitness Knowledge: The Cognitive Domain
    The Affective Domain
    Tools for Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains
    Grading in the Cognitive and Affective Domains

    Appendix A: Worksheets and Reproducibles
    Appendix B: Nutrient Content Claims
    Appendix C: Exercises for Prepuberty
    Appendix D: Alternatives for Questionable Exercises
    Appendix E: Body Mass and Body Composition Measures
    Appendix F: Student Asthma Action Card
    About Physical Best

    About the Author

    SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) — is the largest organization of physical educators in the country, with close to 20,000 members. SHAPE America created the first-ever K-12 physical education national standards; developed the Let’s Move in School public awareness campaign to increase physical activity before, during, and after school; and originated the Shape of the Nation Report, which reviews the status of physical education across the United States. Among its many partners, SHAPE America works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, The Cooper Institute, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.


    Ancillaries are available for instructors and will include a test package and presentation package.
    Complete information is available at .

    Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness Test Package. The test package consists of 160 ready-made test questions that feature multiple-choice and true-false questions covering the content from all chapters.

    Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness Presentation Package. Presents 196 slides of key concepts covering all 14 chapters in PowerPoint format.

    FREE access to test and presentation packages for course adopters. Call for details.