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Fitness for Life - FAQs

HIGH SCHOOL: What’s the difference between the test package and the premade quizzes available on the Teacher Web Resource?

In preparing the Teacher Web Resources, the authors wanted to provide teachers with as many assessment options as possible. Constructing tests by using premade quizzes and constructing tests by using the test package each offer advantages. Premade quizzes. A major advantage of premade lesson, chapter, and unit quizzes is that they evenly sample all content to be tested. Because they are already prepared, they can easily be printed or copied and require no extra work on the teacher’s part. Teachers also have several options when using the premade quizzes. It is not expected that all options will be used with...

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HIGH SCHOOL: Why is power now considered a health-related component of fitness?

A 2012 report by the independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) (Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth) provides evidence of the link between power and health. The IOM is a branch of the National Academy of Sciences. A panel of experts was selected by the IOM to review the literature on the relationship between health and the components of physical fitness. The report produced by the IOM committee indicates that power is associated with wellness, higher quality of life, reduced risk of chronic disease and early death, and better bone health. In fact, the association between power (and tests of...

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HIGH SCHOOL: Why was cardiovascular fitness changed to cardiorespiratory endurance in the textbook?

A 2012 report by the independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) (Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth) recommended the use of the term cardiorespiratory endurance. The IOM is a branch of the National Academy of Sciences. A panel of experts was selected by the IOM to review the literature on the relationship between health and the components of physical fitness, and they chose the term cardiorespiratory endurance for several reasons.Cardiorespiratory refers to the two systems of the body that are important in sustaining long-term physical activity (cardiovascular and respiratory), whereas cardiovascular refers to only one of the two systems. Endurance refers to the ability to persist in a...

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GENERAL: Can girls build big muscles if they do muscle fitness exercises?

Sometimes girls worry about doing exercises for muscle fitness because they are afraid that they will build big muscles. It is true that muscle fitness exercises cause muscles to get bigger for both boys and girls. But it is also true that most girls will not be able to build muscles as big as boys can. During the teen years and into adulthood, the body produces more of the hormone that causes the body to build muscle than it does during childhood. But males get much more of that hormone than females. That is why males develop bigger muscles than...

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GENERAL: Do you know of any negative effects of exercise on the brain?

I do not know of any negative effects of exercise on the brain.

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