Health Fitness Handbook

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One of the most difficult aspects of getting fit is knowing where to start. Few people know how to take that first step on the road to a more active, healthy lifestyle. And with all the quick fixes and instant "experts" in the market today, it’s difficult to know who to trust to guide you in the right direction.

The Health Fitness Handbook is the answer. This no-nonsense, information-packed guide combines the latest research with sound medical advice. Together, the authors have 95 years of experience researching, prescribing, teaching, and writing on fitness and other health-related topics. They offer honest, reliable answers to your fitness questions in easy-to-understand language.

Inside this book, you’ll find everything you need to start a safe, effective fitness program or to make your current program even more beneficial. Franks, Howley, and Iyriboz help you:

• understand what’s important for your own health and fitness,
• evaluate your current fitness level,
• set realistic fitness goals based on your individual needs, and
• learn how to change health-related behaviors to meet your long-term goals.

They also present the best exercises for improving aerobic fitness, flexibility, and strength and cover other important aspects of healthy living, including weight control, nutrition, injury prevention, and stress reduction. Being fit means being able to enjoy a full life with less risk of major health problems. It also leads to more energy, less stress, and better performance in everything you do. Let The Health Fitness Handbook be the guide to take you there.

About the Author

B. Don Franks is a professor in and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Franks is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He is also a former president of AAKPE and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. He was Senior Program Advisor for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1995, and he received that group’s Distinguished Service Award the following year. He received his PhD in exercise science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Franks lives in Silver Spring, MD.

Edward T. Howley is a professor of exercise science at the University of Tennessee, where he frequently has been honored for his excellence in teaching. He has been active in the ACSM as a Fellow, as president of the southeast chapter, as chair of the certification committee, as a faculty member in the ACSM health fitness certification workshops, and as a member of the ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Committee, which developed the college’s various certification programs. Howley holds a PhD in physical education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and certification as a program director from the ACSM. He lives in Knoxville, TN.

Yuruk Iyriboz has been practicing medicine since 1964. Currently, he is the medical director at an urgi-care clinic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that emphasizes helping patients prevent major health problems through good nutrition, physical activity, and the use of medication only as needed. A fellow of the ACSM, Iyriboz earned his master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in 1982. Since then, he has been teaching health sciences and exercise physiology at Louisiana State University. Iyriboz lives in Baton Rouge, LA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Exercise and Health Checklist
Chapter 2. Changing Old Behaviors
Chapter 3. Controlling Your Weight
Chapter 4. Eating Healthily
Chapter 5. Aerobic Fitness
Chapter 6. Flexibility and Stretching
Chapter 7. Muscular Strength and Endurance
Chapter 8. Staying Injury Free
Chapter 9. Coping With Stress
Chapter 10. Designing a Complete Fitness Program

Words of Praise

"Easy to read, easy to understand, and full of good information. A valuable tool; everyday answers for everyday people. Helps set the record straight and answer questions that so many people have. An easy-to-read and understand guide for healthy living."
Joy Prouty
ACSM Health Fitness Director

"This book is a panacea for all the misinformation being disseminated about exercise, diet, weight control, and training for sports. It has scientifically accurate answers on all aspects of health and fitness questions. This book is a must for health and fitness participants as well as for health and fitness professionals. It should be mandatory reading for all exercise science students."
Lawrence A. Golding
Distinguished University Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Editor-in-Chief, ACSM Health & Fitness Journal
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