Fitness Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

Teen Health Series

Fitness Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

Web Price: $62.00

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the numerous benefits of physical fitness include weight control, stronger bones and muscles, and improved mental health and mood. In addition, by avoiding inactivity teens can help reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer later in life. Despite the benefits, however, many young people fail to meet guidelines for physical activity.

Fitness Information for Teens, 3rd Edition, includes information about the developing body, the components of fitness, and making and maintaining a fitness plan. It discusses exercise fundamentals and activities for team athletes and individuals; addresses sports safety concerns and nutrition challenges; and offers suggestions for overcoming obstacles.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Fitness Information for Teens, 3rd Edition.

Part One: Your Body and the Components of Fitness defines fitness and explains the importance of developing muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility; and discusses the components of mental and physical fitness, including proper nutrition, weight management, and sleep requirements.

Part Two: Making and Maintaining a Fitness Plan offers suggestions for evaluating current fitness levels, identifying targets for improvement, and making progress toward a physically active lifestyle.

Part Three: Exercise Fundamentals describes the basic categories of exercises, including aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening exercise, and exercises that help promote flexibility and balance. It also provides information on measuring exercise intensity.

Part Four: Activities for Team Athletes and Individuals provides facts about a wide range of team sports and individual activities.

Part Five: Sports Safety offers practical tips for preventing injuries.

Part Six: Overcoming Obstacles to Fitness identifies commonly encountered barriers to fitness, including sports injuries and pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or physical disabilities; and discusses problems associated with compulsive exercise, female athlete triad, and the dangers of using performance-enhancing substances.

Part Seven: If You Need More Information explains how the President’s Challenge can help people set and reach fitness goals, and it offers directories of relevant organizations and resources.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


"A thorough, easy-to-follow single volume. ... Comprehensive reference. Highly recommended for those who coach or who work with teens in schools and in academic and public libraries."

—Booklist, Mar '13

"Does an excellent job of providing concise yet thorough data about the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. ... [Gathers] a wealth of information written at an appropriate level for teens."

—Doody's Review Service, 2013

"This comprehensive guidebook covers all aspects of fitness, from understanding nutrition to strength training. … [It] offers exercise suggestions and motivation tips for every person, regardless of fitness level and athletic ability."

—Skipping Stones, Mar-Apr '13

"Sources are without question the most reliable available. ... Will be a great addition to any public, junior high, senior high, or secondary school library."

—American Reference Books Annual, 2014

"Newcomers to exercise and sports will find suggestions on how to get stated, and youth who are already active can read how to take it to the next level. There are other numerous resources identified, as well as a good index. This is an excellent volume for the congregational library; it will benefit teen readers and youth groups."

—Congregational Libraries Today, 2013

"Provides a comprehensive, factual guide to being a healthy athlete and is directed to teens participating in sports, and to coaches and parents working with them."

—Midwest Book Review, Nov '12