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ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness & Health 2nd Edition

ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness & Health 2nd Edition

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    Here is the ultimate resource for maximizing your exercise and nutrition efforts. In this new edition of ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness & Health, you have an authoritative reference that allows you to apply research-based guidance to your unique health and fitness needs. With a focus across the life span, this resource shows you how to pursue optimal health and fitness now and throughout the years to come. The American College of Sports Medicine, the largest and most respected sport science and medicine organization in the world, has created this book to bridge the gap between science and the practice of making personal lifestyle choices that promote health. This new edition contains age-specific advice within the framework of the latest research, thus helping you to avoid the lure of fads, unfounded myths, and misinformation.

    You will learn these strategies:

    • Incorporate the latest guidelines for physical activity and nutrition into your daily routine to improve your fitness and overall health.

    • Optimize your weight and increase strength, flexibility, aerobic fitness, and functional fitness.

    • Improve health and manage conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, osteoporosis, arthritis, pregnancy, and Alzheimer’s disease through exercise and nutrition.

    • Monitor, evaluate, and tailor your exercise program for optimal results.

    Featuring step-by-step instructions and full-color photos for the most effective exercises, sample workouts, practical advice, age-specific physical activity and dietary guidelines, and strategies for incorporating exercise and healthy nutrition choices into even the busiest of lifestyles, ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health is a resource that belongs in every fitness enthusiast’s library.

    Part I Fit, Active, and Healthy

    Chapter 1 Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Physical Activity and Nutrition

    Barbara A. Bushman

    Chapter 2 Embracing Physical Activity: A Complete Exercise Program

    Barbara A. Bushman

    Chapter 3 Balancing Nutrition: Recommended Dietary Guidelines

    Stella Lucia Volpe and Joseph R. Stanzione

    Chapter 4 Promoting Healthy Habits: Getting Started and Staying Motivated

    Barbara A. Bushman

    Part II Exercise and Activity for Building a Better You

    Chapter 5 Improving Your Aerobic Fitness

    Barbara A. Bushman

    Chapter 6 Enhancing Your Muscular Fitness

    Avery D. Faigenbaum

    Chapter 7 Increasing Your Flexibility

    Jan Schroeder and Michelle Kulovitz Alencar

    Chapter 8 Sharpening Your Functional Fitness

    Nicholas H. Evans

    Part III Fitness and Health for Every Age

    Chapter 9 Children and Adolescents: Birth to Age 17

    Don W. Morgan

    Chapter 10 Adults: Ages 18 to 64

    Barbara A. Bushman

    Chapter 11 Older Adults: Ages 65 and Older

    Robert S. Mazzeo

    Part IV Fitness and Health for Every Body

    Chapter 12 Cardiovascular Health

    Shannon Lennon-Edwards and William B. Farquhar

    Chapter 13 Diabetes

    Sheri R. Colberg

    Chapter 14 Cancer

    Kathryn H. Schmitz

    Chapter 15 Alzheimer’s Disease

    Brad A. Roy and Linda Fredenberg

    Chapter 16 Osteoporosis and Bone Health

    Kara A. Witzke and Kerri M. Winters-Stone

    Chapter 17 Arthritis and Joint Health

    A. Lynn Millar

    Chapter 18 Weight Management

    Laura J. Kruskall

    Chapter 19 Pregnancy and Postpartum

    Lanay M. Mudd and Jean M. Kerver

    Chapter 20 Depression

    Heather Chambliss and Tracy L. Greer

    The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), founded in 1954, is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to improving health through science, education, and medicine. ACSM members work in a range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines. Members are committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sport-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise. The ACSM promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.

    Barbara A. Bushman, PhD, FASCM, is a professor at Missouri State University and a program director and clinical exercise physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She received her PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Toledo and has teaching experience in identification of health risks, exercise testing and prescription, anatomy, and physiology. Bushman served as senior editor of ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer, Fourth Edition, and a reviewer for ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Women & Health, and ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. She has been a fellow of the ACSM since 1999, serving on the ACSM Media Referral Network. As an associate editor of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, Bushman writes the “Wouldn’t You Like to Know” column, which covers a variety of topics in health and fitness.

    Bushman is the lead author of Action Plan for Menopause as well as numerous research articles. She maintains a Facebook page focused on health and fitness ( She resides in Strafford, Missouri, with her husband, Tobin. She enjoys walks with her husband and German shepherd. She participates in numerous activities in her leisure time, including running, cycling, hiking, weightlifting, kayaking, and scuba diving.

    "ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness and Health is a must-read book for anyone who desires to live a long and healthy life. Written by experts from the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine, this book offers practical and proven advice on staying active and eating right."

    Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM -- Co-Director of Sports Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana CA

    ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness and Health helps you find your path to lifelong health. Backed by the latest research, this book will help you make informed, everyday decisions about eating right and being active. Learn from leading experts how individual choices today can add up to a lifetime of good health.” 

    Walt Thompson, PhD-- President, American College of Sports Medicine (2017-2018), Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Georgia State University

    “The American College of Sports Medicine is the world’s authority on physical activity, fitness, and health. In this volume, leading experts provide up-to-date guidance on adoption of an active, fit, and healthy lifestyle.”

    Russell R. Pate, PhD-- Professor of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel

    Instructor Guide. To help students better understand the role of physical activity, exercise, and a balanced approach to nutrition in promoting health and fitness, this instructor guide provides lecture-related resources that can be easily applied to a typical 16-week semester framework. The various aids for each chapter typically include: chapter objectives, chapter summary, ideas for lecture topics and discussion points, and suggested additional student web resources.

    Test Package. For each chapter in the book, a corresponding test is included. The tests are made up of true or false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer questions to test students on their retention of chapter content. Download Respondus or RTF files or files formatted for LMS use.

    Image bank. Includes most of the figures, tables, and photos from the text, sorted by chapter, which can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

    Lab activities. Includes assessments, exercises, and discussions to enhance students’ understanding of chapter content. There are two activities offered per chapter.

    These lab activities cover topics such as:
    • Completing assessments for aerobic, muscular endurance, flexibility, and neuromotor fitness and comparing results to normative tables
    • Completing assessments, activities, and quizzes from the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society
    • Reviewing the FAQ from the National Institute of Mental Health about depression and college students and discuss treatment options and the potential influence of exercise on depression

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