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Teen Health Series

Fitness Information for Teens, 4th Ed.

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The many 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 for several diseases and health conditions. Despite the benefits, however, many young people fail to meet guidelines for physical activity.

Fitness Information for Teens, 4th Edition offers a comprehensive, fact-based guide for living a healthy and active lifestyle. The book 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—whether beginners or experienced competitors. Sports safety concerns, nutrition challenges, and suggestions for overcoming obstacles concerning fitness and change are also addressed. The book concludes with information about the President’s Challenge and directories of additional resources.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below.

Part I: Your Body And The Components Of Fitness begins with a definition of fitness, and it goes on to explain the importance of developing muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Additional chapters discuss other components of mental and physical fitness, including proper nutrition, weight management, and sleep requirements.

Part II: Making And Maintaining A Fitness Plan provides guidance for taking the first stepson the path toward fitness and continuing on toward reachable goals. It offers suggestions for evaluating current fitness levels, identifying targets for improvement, and making progress toward the development of a physically active lifestyle.

Part III: Exercise Fundamentals describes the basic categories of exercises, including aerobic exercise, muscle-strengthening exercise, bone-strengthening exercise, and exercises that help promote flexibility and balance. It also discusses how to measure exercise intensity, and it includes examples of various types of activities and their intensity levels.

Part IV: Activities For Team Athletes And Individuals provides facts about a wide range of team sports and individual activities that can be part of a well-rounded fitness program.

Part V: Sports Safety discusses practical tips for preventing injuries. It reminds readers who participate in physical activities about the importance of following safety guidelines, including warming up and cooling down, using protective equipment such as helmets and appropriate footwear, taking precautions in adverse weather conditions, and avoiding dehydration.

Part VI: Overcoming Obstacles To Fitness describes the challenge of staying on course to meet fitness goals and offers suggestions for maintaining motivation. It explains commonly encountered barriers to fitness, including sports injuries and pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or physical disabilities. It also discusses problems associated with compulsive exercise, female athlete triad, and the dangers of using steroids or other performance-enhancing substances.

Part VII: Health and Wellness Trends discusses recent developments in health and fitness including online training, wellness tourism, and wearable technology.

Part VIII: If You Need More Information offers directories of general fitness organizations and resources for more information about specific sports and activities.


Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 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