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Discover how to achieve the maximum benefits of physical activity. This sixth edition of Fitness & Health is your guide to both a deeper understanding of the exercise–health relationship and a map for meeting your individual needs and goals. The book clearly explains how the body responds to physical activity, why physical activity is so beneficial to health, and the way in which physical activity enhances these areas of fitness:
- Aerobic and muscular fitness
- Weight control
- Performance in work and sport
- Energy and vitality
Authors Brian Sharkey, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine and a world-renowned fitness authority, and sport physiologist and Olympic coach Steven Gaskill present a wealth of research-based advice and activities. They provide information on aerobic fitness and prescription, which emphasizes sustained fitness, and incorporate the latest research and nutrition information regarding weight control.
Considered a classic, this revised and updated edition has already helped thousands of readers experience firsthand the benefits of more physical activity. Make Fitness & Health a priority and you, too, will be rewarded.
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"A comprehensive yet highly readable book."
Michael Lafavore Former Editor-in-Chief, Men's Health
"Brian Sharkey is a pioneer in the fitness field. His Fitness & Health is a well-researched and complete guide to fitness for all ages."
Howard "Jake" Jacobson Motivational and Conditioning Coach to Olympic Racewalkers 1968-96About the Author:
Brian J. Sharkey has nearly 40 years of experience as a leading fitness researcher, educator, and author. Sharkey served as director of the University of Montana's Human Performance Laboratory for many years and remains associated with the university and lab as professor emeritus. He is also a consultant with the U.S. Forest Service in the areas of fitness, health, and work capacity.
Sharkey is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the NCAA committee on competitive safeguards and medical aspects of sports, where he chaired the Sports Science and Safety subcommittee, which uses research and data on injury to improve the safety of intercollegiate athletes. He also coordinated the U.S. Ski Team Nordic Sportsmedicine Council.
Steven Gaskill is in the department of health and human performance at the University of Montana. Gaskill worked for the U.S. ski team for 10 years as head coach of the Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing) and cross-country teams and as director of the coaches' educational programs. He has coached at three Olympic Games, and 20 skiers who have trained under him have competed in the Olympics. In 1992, the U.S. Ski Association named him the U.S. Cross-Country Coach of the Year.
Sharkey and Gaskill also coauthored Sport Physiology for Coaches (Human Kinetics, 2006).
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