Each of the five areas of physical fitness plays an important role in being fit, and one is not more important than another. Think about the components of a car: What’s the use in having a nice-looking exterior if the motor is shot or the tires are flat?
Although you may have a specific weight training goal, there are several components for all weight training programs. First and most important, beginning and intermediate exercisers should start with a 5- to 10-minute aerobic warm-up, such as walking on a treadmill or jumping rope.
Some of the most popular exercises can be performed with or without equipment. Upper-body exercises include the push-up or bench press, dumbbell row or pull-up, overhead press, biceps curl, and dip. Lower-body exercises include the squat, lunge, and calf raise.
The triceps muscle is located at the back of the arm and is used not only to straighten the arm but also to keep the elbow from moving when performing fine movements of the forearm, such as writing. The triceps muscle is also involved in pushing actions, as in opening doors.
You have already learned the importance of exercise, and this step will help you understand the importance of your nutrition needs and how to meet those needs. A nutrient is a substance the body needs in order to work properly.
Packed with group and at-home exercises, recreational activities, yoga,
balance work, core work, and nutrition essentials, Fitness: Steps to
Success enables readers to create fitness programs based on their
goals, desires, and schedules.
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Packed with group and at-home exercises, recreational activities, yoga, balance work, core work, and nutrition essentials, Fitness: Steps to Success provides a variety of options to create the perfect program for your goals, desires, and schedule.
Step-by-step instruction, full-color photo sequences, and expert advice accompany of the most effective exercises and activities for cardiorespiratory endurance, balance, strength, flexibility, and core strength. The easy-to-administer assessments will help you identify where to start your program and track your progress along the way. You’ll also learn the benefits of each activity; recommendations for what, when, and how often; and the best exercises for achieving specific results.
With tips for staying motivated, recovering from lapses, and avoiding missteps in your fitness journey, you have all the tools you need to feel better, look great, and lead an active, healthy lifestyle. As part of the popular Steps to Success series—with more than 2 million copies sold—Fitness: Steps to Success is an instant action plan you can trust.
Series Intro: Climbing the Steps to Fitness Success STEP 1 Overview of Fitness STEP 2 Testing and Evaluation STEP 3 Goals STEP 4 Cardiovascular Fitness STEP 5 Muscular Strength and Endurance STEP 6 Flexibility STEP 7 Balance STEP 8 Core STEP 9 Nutrition STEP 10 Behavior
Nancy Naternicola earned a BS in physical education teacher
education and health at Florida Southern College, and an MS in physical
education teacher education from West Virginia University (WVU). She is
the fitness and wellness director of the College of Physical Activity
and Sport Sciences (CPASS). Nancy develops fitness programming and
teaches fitness classes for the WVU Lifetime Activities Program. She
also oversees and teaches courses in the personal trainer minor and
group fitness minor programs and teaches classes in the basic
Naternicola manages the WVU Stansbury Fitness Center and supervises
personal training and exercise physiology interns. She is a faculty
member and master trainer for the American Council on Exercise. She has
taught more than 15 types of group fitness, including step, kickboxing,
fitness yoga, mat Pilates, sport conditioning, hip-hop, and boot camp.
Naternicola teaches for Fitness Pro Travel in Mexico, the Bahamas,
Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Curacao. She chairs the Wellness
Task Force and is the CPASS employee wellness coordinator and an
American Red Cross instructor. She is a member of the West Virginia
Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
She enjoys all types of activities and sports and believes a body in
motion stays in motion.
“Fitness: Steps to Success helps you gain the confidence
and know-how you need to improve your fitness and energy levels for a
lifetime!” Use the step by step instructions to help you create your own
fitness plan – working at your own pace and own intensity.”
Anthony Wall MS-- Director of Professional Education, American
Council on Exercise
Includes lecture topics, physical activities, student assignments in both a 20-session and 32-session framework, introductory notes, key points of technique, common errors and solutions, teaching modifications, and skill application, and additional resources such as Web sites, books, DVDs, and videos. Also included are test questions in multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank and short answer format, and student evaluation guidelines.