Regular physical activity is an important key to a healthy, happy lifestyle. The many benefits of daily physical activity include more energy; less stress; better sleep; reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes; stronger bones, joints, and muscles; and an overall healthier and longer independent life. If you're ready to become active, fit, and healthy, Active Living Every Day, Third Edition With Web Resource, provides all the tools you need to get moving and make physical activity part of your everyday life.
More than a book, Active Living Every Day presents a scientifically tested step-by-step program with evidence-based behavior change strategies for becoming more physically active. Designed to make active lifestyles available to people everywhere, it offers updated research showing the need to be physically active and demonstrates the proven effectiveness of this program.
Practical and accessible, this third edition offers streamlined delivery for a clear, focused read. Learn simple and enjoyable ways to fit physical activity into your life, concentrating on activities you can easily add into your daily routine. Create your own personalized activity plan unique to your individual preferences and lifestyle. With an emphasis on moderate-intensity activities, you'll also learn how everyday activities, like housecleaning and gardening, can count toward your weekly physical activity goals. Develop confidence by gaining problem-solving skills, overcoming obstacles, and learning how to increase intensity when desired. The tips and participants' stories in this book, plus a web resource offering activities for practice, offer the support and guidance you need to make healthy changes in your life.
With Active Living Every Day, Third Edition, join thousands of people just like you who have used this program to achieve lifelong success in becoming active every day.
AudienceCommunity centers, workplaces, and colleges and universities that offer programs to help people become more active. Also for individuals seeking a proven method for incorporating more physical activity into their daily living.
Session 1. Ready, Set, Go
Session 2. Finding Opportunities for Activity
Session 3. Overcoming Challenges
Session 4. Setting Goals and Rewards
Session 5. Gaining Confidence
Session 6. Enlisting Support
Session 7. Avoiding Pitfalls
Session 8. Step by Step
Session 9. Defusing Stress
Session 10. Finding New Opportunities to Be Active
Session 11. Positive Planning
Session 12. Making Lasting Changes
Appendix A. Stages on the Way to Becoming Active
Appendix B. 2020 PAR-Q+
Appendix C. Energy Expenditure Chart
Appendix D. Forms for Progressing Toward an Active Lifestyle
Steven N. Blair, PED, is a distinguished professor emeritus in the departments of exercise science and epidemiology and biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. His research focused on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. Listed as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by Thomson Reuters, Blair has published more than 700 papers and chapters in scientific literature. With over 60,000 citations of his body of work (h-index of 114), he is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists.
Blair is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, Obesity Society, and European Society of Preventive Medicine. He is a retired fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine–London and the National Academy of Kinesiology A past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the National Academy of Kinesiology, he is the recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees. He has received awards from many professional associations, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, an Honor Award from the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Population Science Award from the American Heart Association. He is one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion.
Andrea L. Dunn, PhD, is an emeritus senior scientist from Klein Buendel in Golden, Colorado, where she conducted research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at dissemination of evidence-based programs through uses of technology, including websites and Internet-based television. Prior to her time at Klein Buendel, she served at The Cooper Institute as an investigator of several NIH-funded research projects aimed at increasing and maintaining physical activity in sedentary adults, and she cowrote the curriculum for Project Active and PRIME (Physically Ready for Invigorating Movement Everyday), the basis for Active Living Every Day. She also served as the principal investigator of research aimed at examining how much exercise is needed to reduce depressive symptoms in individuals diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
Dunn was named the 2012 Dorothy Harris Memorial Scholar by the Pennsylvania State University department of kinesiology and was the 2017 recipient of the distinguished Alumnus Award from the department of kinesiology in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Bess Marcus, PhD, is a professor of behavioral and social sciences and served as the second dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University. She is a clinical health psychologist who has spent over 30 years conducting research on physical activity behavior and has published over 275 papers and book chapters as well as three books on this topic. She has developed a series of assessment instruments to measure psychosocial mediators of physical activity behavior and has also developed low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings. Marcus served on the executive committee for the Development of a National Strategic Plan for Physical Activity, and she serves on the board of directors for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the international editorial board of Mental Health and Physical Activity, and the Rhode Island Long Term Health Planning Committee. Dr. Marcus is actively involved in numerous NIH-funded projects on physical activity behavior and public health. Her work increasingly focuses on promoting physical activity in underserved and vulnerable populations.
Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RDN, has extensive experience developing and delivering innovative behavior change programs in print, face-to-face, and online formats for public health entities, nonprofits, corporations, and the military. Carpenter received a master of science degree in applied nutrition, with extra coursework in exercise physiology, from Pennsylvania State University. Her career traced the arc of the disease prevention and population health fields, first focusing on translating behavioral science into consumer-oriented lifestyle-change interventions. She then pivoted to create train-the-trainer models that amplified program reach through dissemination by paraprofessionals, peers, and commercial partners. Along the way, she obtained a second master’s degree in instructional systems and online learning to strengthen her capacities for harnessing technologies to train and support those who work to transform the health of individuals, organizations, and communities.
Carpenter has authored six consumer books and 15 research articles in nutrition, physical activity, weight management, and health promotion. She worked for 22 years at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, and currently consults with organizations—including the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—to create and disseminate content and training assets that advance their missions.
Peter Jaret, MA, is an award-winning journalist who writes widely on health, business, science, food, and the environment. His work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, National Wildlife, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and numerous other publications. He has also served as contributing editor for Health, Reader’s Digest, Alternative Medicine, and Eating Well magazines.
Jaret was the recipient of the 1992 American Medical Association award for medical reporting. In 1998 and again in 2008 he received the James Beard Award for journalism. The author of many books on health and science, Jaret received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in English and American literature from the University of Virginia.