Recent scientific research also suggests that people who exercise will enjoy some of the health benefits associated with regular exercise including: lower risks of developing heart disease, adult-onset diabetes (type 2 diabetes), and osteoporosis.
Start where you are and go wherever your goals take you. No other guide offers a more comprehensive plan for developing a personal fitness program and sticking with it. Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM Fitness Book offers the total package from one of the most respected organizations in the field.
In its first two editions, the ACSM Fitness Book sold more than 100,000 copies. Now the classic has been enhanced and expanded with the tools you need to succeed. From simple, step-by-step instruction to new insights on nutrition, weight control, motivation, and overcoming setbacks, the authors provide the help you need to reach beyond your personal best.
The key to making any fitness program effective is finding the right level of difficulty for your current ability and creating a plan that will take you to the next level. With a simple and scientifically proven fitness test, the ACSM Fitness Book gives you everything you need to determine your starting point and monitor your ongoing progress. With sample programs, worksheets, and more, ACSM Fitness Book takes the guesswork out of getting started and offers color photos of a variety of exercises that require minimal equipment and space.
Whether your objective is to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, or overall body condition, the ACSM Fitness Book will lay out a proven plan for reaching your goal in a way that works for you. Richly illustrated and easy to follow, it is the one book you need for the tools, and the motivation, to put your personal fitness program on track.
Chapter 1. An Active Lifestyle
Chapter 2. Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health
Chapter 3. Getting Ready to Exercise
Chapter 4. Assessing Your Fitness : The ACSM Fitness Test
Chapter 5. Beginning Exercises
Chapter 6. The ACSM Fitness Program
Chapter 7. Staying Active
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is more than the world's leader in the sports medicine and exercise science—it is an association of people and professions exploring the use of that science and physical activity to make life healthier for all people.
Since 1954, ACSM has been committed to the promotion of physical activity and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sport-related injuries. With more than 20,000 international, national, and regional chapter members in 80 countries, ACSM is internationally known as the leading source of state-of-the-art research and information on sports medicine and exercise science. Through ACSM, health and fitness professionals representing a variety of disciplines work to improve the quality of life for people around the world through health and fitness research, education, and advocacy.
A large part of ACSM's mission is devoted to public awareness and education about the positive aspects of physical activity for people of all ages from all walks of life. ACSM's physicians, researchers, and educators have created tools for the public, ranging in scope from starting an exercise program to avoiding or treating sport injuries.
ACSM's National Center is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, widely recognized as the amateur sports capitol of the nation. To learn more about ACSM, visit www.acsm.org.
"This book is full of good advice on the health benefits of regular physical activity. It provides information about specific exercises and activities, helps you increase your motivational readiness, and gives you the behavioral skills to become more active. Use this material to permanently increase your physical activity and reap the enormous health benefits that will result."
Steven N. Blair, PED, FACSM Former president American College of Sports Medicine
From SJSports.com So if you are just getting started this is the book for you.
From WomenRunners.com Bottom line: This book is geared to the new exerciser striving to reach a basic level of fitness..Good basic book for your library.