Fitness for Life is a comprehensive fitness education program that helps students take responsibility for their own activity, fitness, and health. Through Fitness for Life, students are prepared to be physically active and healthy throughout their adult lives. This evidence-based and standards-based program follows a pedagogically sound scope and sequence to enhance student learning and progress.
What’s new in the Sixth Edition
New to this book are three chapters (Strategies for Active Living, The Science of Active Living, and Lifelong Activity) that will help students transition from being active in school to sustaining the skills and motivation to remain active and fit for their lifetime. These chapters reinforce the Stairway to Lifetime Fitness concept, created by author Chuck Corbin, to serve as a guide for physical education standards nationwide. Some specifics include the following:
• The New Physical Activity Pyramid for teens
• Photos and art to illustrate concepts and engage students
• Video that illustrates self-assessments and exercises
• Information about the sciences on which physical education and fitness education are based
• Information on scientific analysis of human movement using biomechanical principles
• Information on simplified scientific method for use in decision making
• Web icons and content
• Technology features encouraging application as well as understanding
• Science in Action feature that provides in-depth coverage of fitness, health, and wellness innovations
• Exercise photos with art illustrating the muscles used
• Taking Action feature that applies concepts and principles in physical activity
• Planning activities for all activities in the Physical Activity Pyramid
In addition, the authors went through an exhaustive process in revising and updating all the chapters to reflect current research and the new national physical education standards and fitness education standards. The entire book has been reorganized and completely rewritten.
Award-Winning Text, Evidence-Based Approach
The evidence-based Fitness for Life text earned a Texty Award for excellence from the Text and Academic Authors Association. It is based on scientific evidence and meets national and state physical education standards and national health and physical education guidelines. Materials have been field tested and used throughout the United States and the world. This comprehensive, interactive new resource will help students in the following ways:
• Meet the national, state, and local grade-level standards and outcomes developed for K-12 physical education by SHAPE America based on the new standards outlined in Healthy People 2020 and published in 2014.
• Learn the values and benefits of lifelong physical activity through the HELP philosophy, which specifies the goal of promoting health for everyone with an emphasis on lifetime activity designed to meet personal needs.
• Become informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness.
• Learn self-maanagement skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles.
• Recognize and overcome the barriers to reaching activity and fitness goals.
• Use technology to promote healthy living.
• Separate fitness facts from fiction.
• Take personal responsibility for program planning and setting individualized goals.
This best-selling text, written by internationally renowned authors and educators Charles B. Corbin and Guy C. Le Masurier and contributing author and educator Karen McConnell, is suited for use in a general physical education or personal fitness class. It will help students meet national and state physical education standards—not only those focused on health-related fitness and physical activity but also those related to movement skills and concepts, diversity, and social responsibility.
Fitness for Life can be modified to fit any schedule, including block and accelerated block. It can be taught as semester-long, yearlong, or multiyear courses.
The HELP philosophy on which the book is based (health for everyone with an emphasis on lifetime activity designed to meet personal needs) teaches the value of lifelong physical activity as well as the idea that physical activity can and should be fun.
The authors use the Stairway to Lifetime Fitness concept to show the importance of learning decision-making and problem-solving skills that enable students to develop their own health-related fitness programs and maintain a physically active lifestyle into adulthood.
Special Features in Every Chapter
Every chapter of Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, includes self-assessments for the students to perform—including Fitnessgram assessments—and lessons on self-management skills such as reducing risk factors, resolving conflicts, setting goals, managing time, and overcoming barriers to success. The book devotes multiple lessons to personal program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
The chapters have a series of prominent features:
• Lesson objectives direct student learning.
• Lesson vocabulary helps students understand multiple uses of words (definitions in glossary and online).
• New art includes a version of the physical activity pyramid for teens.
• New photos and design give the chapters a refreshing student-friendly look with its dynamic four-color design.
• Muscle art identifies the muscles used in each exercise.
• Fit Facts give quick information about relevant topics.
• Quotes from famous people reveal their thoughts on fitness, health, and wellness.
• Fitness Technology offers opportunities for students to use or study technology.
• Science in Action provides in-depth coverage of innovations in fitness, health, and wellness.
• Self-Assessment allows students to evaluate their fitness, health, and wellness as the first step in personal planning for improvement. All of the self-assessments in Fitnessgram are included.
• Taking Charge and Self-Management allow students to learn self-management skills for adopting healthy behaviors and interacting with other students to sollve problems encountered by hypothetical teens.
• Taking Action features activities that are supported by the lesson plans.
• Consumer Corner is a once-per-unit feature that helps students become good consumers of information on fitness, health, and wellness as they learn how to separate fact from fiction.
Digital and Web-Based Resources
Fitness for Life offers students and teachers an array of supporting materials at www.FitnessForLife.org.
In addition, Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, is available in digital as well as print formats. Students and teachers can use e-books in a variety of platforms, in combination with the student and teacher web resources, to interact with the material. In addition, iBooks are available for students and teachers in an interactive iPad version.
For students, web resources include the following:
• Video clips that demonstrate the self-assessments in each chapter
• Video clips that demonstrate the exercise in selected chapters
• Worksheets (without answers)
• Review questions from the text presented in an interactive format so students can check their level of understanding
• Vocabulary flip cards and other essential interactive elements from the iBook edition
• Expanded discussions of topics marked by web icons in the text
Teacher web resources include the following:
• An introduction that describes the body of knowledge and pedagogical foundations behind Fitness for Life as well as the evidence supporting its effectiveness
• Daily lesson plans, including five lessons per chapter (two classroom plans and three activity plans)
• Worksheets (with answers)
• Premade chapter and unit quizzes with answers
• Activity cards and task cards
• Presentation package of slides with the key points for each lesson
• A test bank that teachers can use to make their own quizzes if they prefer
Physical education and health textbook for students in grades 9 to 12. Reference for secondary PE teachers or for undergrad courses in PE teacher preparation.
Table of Contents
Unit I. Building a Foundation
Chapter 1. Fitness, Health, and Wellness for All
Lesson 1.1 Scientific Foundations
Self-Assessment: Physical Fitness Challenges
Lesson 1.2 Lifelong Fitness, Health, and Wellness
Taking Charge: Learning to Self-Assess
Self-Management: Skills for Learning to Self-Assess
Taking Action: The Warm-Up
Chapter 2. Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle and Self-Management Skills
Lesson 2.1 Adopting Healthy Lifestyles
Self-Assessment: Practicing Physical Fitness Tests
Lesson 2.2 Learning Self-Management Skills
Taking Charge: Building Knowledge and Understanding
Self-Management: Skills for Building Knowledge and Understanding
Taking Action: Fitness Trails
Chapter 3. Goal Setting and Program Planning
Lesson 3.1 Goal Setting
Self-Assessment: Assessing Muscle Fitness
Lesson 3.2 Program Planning
Taking Charge: Setting Goals
Self-Management: Skills for Setting Goals
Taking Action: Exercise Circuits
Unit II. Becoming and Staying Physically Active
Chapter 4. Getting Started in Physical Activity
Lesson 4.1 Safe and Smart Physical Activity
Self-Assessment: Body Composition and Flexibility
Lesson 4.2 Health and Wellness Benefits
Taking Charge: Reducing Risk Factors
Self-Management: Skills for Reducing Risk Factors
Taking Action: Walking for Health
Chapter 5. How Much Is Enough?
Lesson 5.1 How Much Physical Activity Is Enough?
Self-Assessment: PACER and Trunk Lift
Lesson 5.2 How Much Fitness Is Enough?
Taking Charge: Learning to Self-Monitor
Self-Management: Skills for Learning to Self-Monitor
Taking Action: Physical Activity Pyramid Circuit
Chapter 6. Skill Learning and Injury Prevention
Lesson 6.1 Skills and Skill-Related Physical Fitness
Self-Assessment: Assessing Skill-Related Physical Fitness
Lesson 6.2 Physical Activity and Injury
Taking Charge: Improving Performance Skills
Self-Management: Skills for Improving Performance
Taking Action: Safe Exercise Circuit
Unit III. Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity
Chapter 7. Moderate Physical Activity
Lesson 7.1 Moderate Physical Activity Facts
Self-Assessment: Walking Test
Lesson 7.2 Preparing a Moderate Physical Activity Plan
Taking Charge: Learning to Manage Time
Self-Management: Skills for Managing Time
Taking Action: Your Moderate Physical Activity Plan
Chapter 8. Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Lesson 8.1 Cardiorespiratory Endurance Facts
Self-Assessment: Step Test and One-Mile Run Test
Lesson 8.2 Building Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Taking Charge: Self-Confidence
Self-Management: Skills for Building Self-Confidence
Taking Action: Target Heart Rate Workouts
Chapter 9. Vigorous Physical Activity
Lesson 9.1 Vigorous Aerobics, Sport, and Recreation
Self-Assessment: Assessing Jogging Techniques
Lesson 9.2 Preparing and Performing a Safe and Vigorous Physical Activity Program
Taking Charge: Activity Participation
Self-Management: Skills for Choosing Good Activities
Taking Action: Your Vigorous Physical Activity Plan
Unit IV. Muscle Fitness and Flexibility
Chapter 10. Muscle Fitness Basics
Lesson 10.1 Muscle Fitness Facts
Self-Assessment: Muscle Fitness Testing
Lesson 10.2 Building Muscle Fitness
Taking Charge: Preventing Relapse
Self-Management: Skills for Preventing Relapse
Taking Action: Resistance Machine Exercises
Chapter 11. Muscle Fitness Applications
Lesson 11.1 Core Fitness, Posture, and Back Care
Self-Assessment: Healthy Back Test
Lesson 11.2 Ergogenic Aids and Muscle Fitness Exercise Planning
Taking Charge: Finding Social Support
Self-Management: Skills for Finding Social Support
Taking Action: Your Muscle Fitness Exercise Plan
Chapter 12. Flexibility
Lesson 12.1 Flexibility Facts
Self-Assessment: Arm, Leg, and Trunk Flexibility
Lesson 12.2 Preparing a Flexibility Exercise Plan
Taking Charge: Overcoming Barriers
Self-Management: Skills for Overcoming Barriers
Taking Action: Performing Your Flexibility Exercise Plan
Unit V. Healthy Choices
Chapter 13. Body Composition
Lesson 13.1 Body Composition Facts
Self-Assessment: Body Measurements
Lesson 13.2 Energy Balance
Taking Charge: Improving Physical Self-Perception
Self-Management: Skills for Self-Perception
Taking Action: Elastic Band Workout
Chapter 14. Physical Activity Program Planning
Lesson 14.1 Physical Activity and Fitness Assessment
Self-Assessment: Your Personal Fitness Test Battery
Lesson 14.2 Maintaining Active Lifestyles
Taking Charge: Changing Attitudes
Self-Management: Skills for Building Positive Attitudes
Taking Action: Your Physical Activity Plan
Chapter 15. Making Good Consumer Choices
Lesson 15.1 Health and Fitness Quackery
Self-Assessment: Assessing Your Posture
Lesson 15.2 Evaluating Health Clubs, Equipment, Media, and Internet Materials
Taking Charge: Learning to Think Critically
Self-Management: Skills for Thinking Critically
Taking Action: My Health and Fitness Club
Unit VI. Wellness Perspective
Chapter 16. Choosing Nutritious Food
Lesson 16.1 A Healthy Diet
Self-Assessment: Energy Balance
Lesson 16.2 Making Healthy Food Choices
Taking Charge: Saying No
Self-Management: Skills for Saying No
Taking Action: Burn It Up Workout
Chapter 17. Stress Management
Lesson 17.1 Facts About Stress
Self-Assessment: Identifying Signs of Stress
Lesson 17.2 Managing Stress
Taking Charge: Managing Competitive Stress
Self-Management: Skills for Managing Competitive Stress
Taking Action: Relaxation Exercises
Chapter 18. Making Choices and Planning for Health and Wellness
Lesson 18.1 Lifestyle Choices for Fitness, Health, and Wellness
Self-Assessment: Healthy Lifestyle Questionnaire
Lesson 18.2 Healthy Lifestyle Planning and Career Opportunities
Taking Charge: Thinking Success
Self-Management: Skills for Thinking Success
Taking Action: Your Healthy Lifestyle Plan
Unit VII. Moving Through Life
Chapter 19. Strategies for Active Living
Lesson 19.1 Opportunities in Physical Education
Self-Assessment: Assessing Game Strategy and Tactics
Lesson 19.2 Strategy and Tactics
Taking Charge: Developing Tactics
Self-Management: Skills for Developing Tactics
Taking Action: Cooperative Games
Chapter 20. The Science of Active Living
Lesson 20.1 Moving Your Body
Self-Assessment: Analyzing Basic Skills
Lesson 20.2 Moving Implements and Objects
Taking Charge: Positive Self-Talk
Self-Management: Skills for Positive Self-Talk
Taking Action: Applying Principles
Chapter 21. Lifelong Activity
Lesson 21.1 Social Interactions in Physical Activity
Self-Assessment: Modifying Rules in Games
Lesson 21.2 Active Living Opportunities
Taking Charge: Conflict Resolution
Self-Management: Skills for Conflict Resolution
Taking Action: Team Building
AncillariesAll ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at www.HumanKinetics.com/FitnessForLife6E.
Fitness for Life offers students and teachers an array of supporting resources.
In addition, Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, is available in digital as well as print formats. Students and teachers can use e-books in a variety of platforms, in combination with the student and teacher web resources, to interact with the material. The Interactive iBooks Version is also available for students.
For students, web resources include the following:
- Video clips that demonstrate the self-assessments in each chapter
- Video clips that demonstrate the exercise in selected chapters
- Worksheets (without answers)
- Review questions from the text presented in an interactive format so students can check their level of understanding
- Vocabulary flip cards and other essential interactive elements from the iBook edition
- Expanded discussions of topics marked by web icons in the text
Teacher web resources include the following:
- An introduction that describes the body of knowledge and pedagogical foundations behind Fitness for Life as well as the evidence supporting its effectiveness
- Daily lesson plans, including five lessons per chapter (two classroom plans and three activity plans)
- Worksheets (with answers)
- Premade chapter and unit quizzes with answers
- Activity cards and task cards
- Presentation package of slides with the key points for each lesson
- A test bank that teachers can use to make their own quizzes if they prefer