Fitness for Life is the original and best-selling high school text for promoting lifelong physical activity and healthy lifestyles that result in lifelong fitness, wellness, and health. Fitness for Life has been updated to make it better than ever. The updated edition retains the strengths of the fifth edition and has been enhanced with a test bank, an online study guide, and an array of other new features to keep teachers and students on the cutting edge.
Fitness for Life helps students to
meet national, state, and local physical education grade-level standards;
learn about and meet national health goals for the year 2010;
become informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness;
learn self-management skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles;
take personal responsibility for program planning and setting individualized goals;
recognize and overcome the barriers to reaching their activity and fitness goals;
use technology to promote healthy living and to separate fact from fiction; and
assess personal progress using a variety of tools, including FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM.
The book’s pedagogically sound format includes lesson objectives that are consistent with state and national health and fitness goals. The chapter and unit structure is consistent with a school-year structure and works with your schedule no matter what schedule you’re on!
The following are new features in the Updated Fifth Edition:
New focus on MyPyramid and the 2005 dietary guidelines
Online study guide and test bank
Increased emphasis on diversity awareness
Wrap-around lesson plans to accompany lesson plan book and CD-ROM
Every chapter of the fully updated student text includes the following elements:
Two lessons designed for the classroom portion of the class
Three activities designed for use in the activity portion of the class
A self-assessment that helps students to build a fitness profile to be used in program planning
A taking charge feature designed to reinforce self-management skills and concepts
A self-management skill feature that includes guidelines for learning self-management skills and reinforces taking charge
A chapter review
New ancillaries beef up already comprehensive ancillaries
The teacher ancillary package includes the following:
Lesson plans in CD-ROM and book format—Daily lesson plans guide teachers in working through the material and integrating the other ancillaries.
Wrap-around lesson plans—A wrap-around set of lesson plans is available for those schools that require or prefer this format.
CD-ROM and print version of teacher resources and materials—Includes worksheets, quizzes, blackline masters, and student workbooks. These can be copied from the print version or kept safe and printed out year after year from the CD-ROM.
CD-ROM of activity and vocabulary cards—This includes 8.5- x 11-inch cards depicting activities with instructions and vocabulary cards for use in studying fitness terminology covered in the book.
CD-ROM of the presentation package—This CD-ROM includes a PowerPoint presentation for every lesson in the book, making class time easy for you and more engaging for your students.
In-service DVD—Learn the program philosophy, objectives, and teaching strategies presented by Chuck Corbin. This DVD is useful for presenting your program’s objectives to parents and administrators.
Spanish e-book on CD-ROM and online Spanish vocabulary—You’ll find the full text in a Spanish translation on the CD-ROM, and all vocabulary is translated to Spanish on the Web site.
FitnessforLife.org Web site—The student text uses icons throughout to direct students to the Web site for more information. Additional content updates will continue to be added to the Web site as new information on health and wellness emerges. The Web site also includes the two newest ancillaries:
Online study guide—Use as a supplement to regular coursework, as an independent study for students who are unable to attend class, or as a make-up assignment for a student who missed a class. The online study guide also allows students to create online electronic portfolios that can be used as evidence of meeting physical education outcomes and standards. Access is free to teachers and students with an adoption of 25 or more copies.
Test bank—Quickly and easily create exams from more than 500 multiple-choice, essay, and matching questions. You can easily customize the exams to meet your needs, and you can make them unique for each class period you teach.
Award-winning DVDs—Two DVDs each include five 20-minute segments that illustrate key concepts, activities, and assessments featured in the text, including the Telly Award–winning segments.
The Lifetime Fitness DVD includes Introduction to Physical Activity, Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscle Fitness, Flexibility, and Body Composition.
The Wellness DVD includes Introduction to Wellness, Nutrition, Stress Management, the Activity Pyramid, and Planning Healthy Lifestyles.
Additional supplementary instructional materials are also available for purchase:
Physical Education Soundtracks—Two CDs contain the cadence for PACER and other fitness tests, music intervals, and music for exercise routines.
Physical Activity Pyramid Posters—Explains the FIT formula for all types of physical activities.
How Fitness for Life Benefits Students
Fitness for Life helps students meet national, state, and local physical education standards and helps students achieve national health goals outlined in Healthy People 2010.
Fitness for Life is based on the HELP philosophy, which specifies the goal of promoting health for everyone with an emphasis on lifetime activity designed to meet personal needs.
Fitness for Life helps students learn the value and benefits of lifelong physical activity. Just as important, they learn that physical activity can and should be fun—and thus they are more likely to become and remain active throughout their lives.
Students learn how to create an activity and fitness plan, set individual goals, assess their status and progress, manage their time and responsibilities, and overcome barriers to regular physical activity. They learn to use technology to benefit their fitness rather than detract from it. And they experience the various components of health-related fitness, activity, and wellness through participation in the many labs and activities that are a crucial part of the Fitness for Life program.
Fitness for Life enables students to have success, build confidence in their ability to lead an active lifestyle, and take control of their own health. And research has shown that the program is effective in promoting physically active behavior after students finish school.
Fitness for Life complements the total learning process, contributing learning experiences in science, math, and language arts, including extensive vocabulary enhancement.
How Fitness for Life Benefits Teachers
Teachers can present this course knowing that it is consistent with national and state standards.
Fitness for Life helps students understand lifelong fitness concepts and learn the keys to adopting and maintaining healthy behavior throughout their lives.
The program is easily adaptable to any schedule and includes block plans of all types.
The organization of the text and the comprehensive ancillaries make teaching this course as simple as possible, with a minimum of preparation time—even for those with no experience in teaching this type of course.
Workbooks and materials completed by students in the online study guide can be used in creating student portfolios that provide evidence of students’ accomplishment of national, state, and local outcomes and standards.
Compatibility With FITNESSGRAM®/ACTIVITYGRAM® and Physical Best
Author Chuck Corbin has been a member of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Scientific Advisory Board since its inception. The FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM assessments embedded in the Fitness for Life self-assessment program—as well as the book’s approach to teaching health-related fitness and physical activity—are consistent with the stated philosophy of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Scientific Advisory Board. Fitness for Life is also fully compatible with Physical Best resources; in fact, the Physical Best program offers teacher training for Fitness for Life course instructors. All three programs are based on the HELP philosophy, which promotes health for everyone with a focus on lifetime activity of a personal nature.
Dr. Corbin is recognized nationally and internationally as the leader in teaching health-related fitness and activity to middle and high school students. He wrote the first high school textbook on this subject, which has often been imitated but never equaled. Dr. Corbin has received numerous national awards in physical education and has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 70 books and videos. Fitness for Life (winner of the Texty Award of the Text and Academic Authors Association), Concepts of Physical Fitness (winner of the McGuffey Award), and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness are the most widely adopted high school and college texts in the area of fitness and wellness. Two of Dr. Corbin’s video programs have earned Telly Awards for Excellence for educational videos. He is first author of the national physical activity standards for children, published by COPEC and NASPE.
Unit I. Getting Started
Chapter 1. Fitness and Wellness for All
Activity 1: Starter Workout
Lesson 1.1 Fitness for Life
Self-Assessment: Exercise Basics
Lesson 1.2 Fitness Through Physical Activity
Taking Charge: Making Self-Assessments
Self-Management Skill: Learning to Self-Assess
Activity 2: Health- and Skill-Related Fitness Stunts
Chapter 2. Safe and Smart Physical Activity
Activity 1: Fitness Games
Lesson 2.1 Getting Ready
Self-Assessment: FITNESSGRAM 1—Strength and Muscular Endurance
Lesson 2.2 Physical Activity and Injury
Taking Charge: Building Self-Confidence
Self-Management Skill: Building Self-Confidence
Activity 2: Safe Exercise Circuit
Chapter 3. Benefits of Physical Activity
Activity 1: Cooperative Games
Lesson 3.1 Health and Wellness Benefits
Self-Assessment: Healthy Back Test
Lesson 3.2 Healthy Back and Good Posture
Taking Charge: Reducing Risk Factors
Self-Management Skill: Reducing Risk Factors
Activity 2: Back Exercise Circuit
Unit II. Becoming and Staying Physically Active
Chapter 4. How Much Is Enough?
Activity 1: Line Exercise
Lesson 4.1 How Much Physical Activity Is Enough?
Self-Assessment: Assessing Your Posture
Lesson 4.2 How Much Fitness Is Enough?
Taking Charge: Choosing a Good Activity
Self-Management Skill: Choosing Appropriate Activities
Activity 2: Circuit Workout
Chapter 6. Lifestyle Physical Activity and Positive Attitudes
Activity 1: School Stepping
Lesson 6.1 Activities for a Lifetime—Choices From the Pyramid
Self-Assessment: Walking Test
Lesson 6.2 Attitudes
Taking Charge: Building Positive Attitudes
Self-Management Skill: Building Positive Attitudes
Activity 2: Walking for Wellness
Unit III. Physical Activity Pyramid: Level 2 Activities
Chapter 7. Cardiovascular Fitness
Activity 1: Aerobic Dance Routine
Lesson 7.1 Cardiovascular Fitness Facts
Self-Assessment: Cardiovascular Fitness—Step Test and Mile Run
Lesson 7.2 Building Cardiovascular Fitness
Taking Charge: Logging Your Activities
Self-Management Skill: Learning to Self-Monitor
Activity 2: Cardiovascular Fitness: How Much Activity Is Enough?
Chapter 8. Active Aerobics and Recreation
Activity 1: Step Aerobics
Lesson 8.1 Active Aerobics
Self-Assessment: FITNESSGRAM 3—Cardiovascular Fitness, Flexibility, and Strength
Lesson 8.2 Active Recreation
Taking Charge: Finding Social Support
Self-Management Skill: Finding Social Support
Activity 2: Jogging: Biomechanical Principles and Guidelines
Chapter 9. Active Sports and Skill-Related Physical Fitness
Activity 1: Orienteering
Lesson 9.1 Skills and Skill-Related Physical Fitness
Self-Assessment: Assessing Skill-Related Physical Fitness
Lesson 9.2 Active Sports
Taking Charge: Building Performance Skills
Self-Management Skill: Building Performance Skills
Activity 2: The Sports Stars Program
Unit IV. Physical Activity Pyramid: Level 3 Activities
Chapter 10. Flexibility
Activity 1: Jump and Stretch Routine
Lesson 10.1 Flexibility Facts
Self-Assessment: Arm, Leg, and Trunk Flexibility
Lesson 10.2 Improving Flexibility
Taking Charge: Building Intrinsic Motivation
Self-Management Skill: Building Intrinsic Motivation
Activity 2: The Basic 10: Flexibility Exercise Circuit
Chapter 11. Muscle Fitness: Basic Principles and Strength
Activity 1: Partner Resistance Exercises
Lesson 11.1 Muscle Fitness Basics
Self-Assessment: Determining Your Modified 1RM and Grip Strength
Lesson 11.2 Building Strength
Taking Charge: Preventing Relapse
Self-Management Skill: Preventing Relapse
Activity 2: Fundamentals of Weight and Resistance Training
Chapter 12. Muscle Fitness: Muscular Endurance and General Muscle Fitness Information
Activity 1: Homemade Weights
Lesson 12.1 Improving Muscular Endurance
Self-Assessment: Muscular Endurance
Lesson 12.2 Muscle Fitness
Taking Charge: Managing Time
Self-Management Skill: Time Management
Activity 2: Muscular Endurance Exercise Circuit
Unit V. Healthy Choices
Chapter 13. Body Composition
Activity 1: Your Exercise Circuit
Lesson 13.1 The Facts About Body Composition
Self-Assessment: Skinfold Measurements and Height–Weight Charts
Lesson 13.2 Controlling Body Fatness
Taking Charge: Improving Physical Self-Perceptions
Self-Management Skill: Improving Physical Self-Perceptions
Activity 2: Muscle Fitness Exercises With Resistance Machines
Chapter 14. Choosing Nutritious Food
Activity 1: Jollyball
Lesson 14.1 A Healthy Diet
Self-Assessment: Body Measurements
Lesson 14.2 Making Food Choices
Taking Charge: Saying "No"
Self-Management Skill: Saying "No" to Overeating
Activity 2: Cooperative Aerobics
Chapter 15. Making Consumer Choices
Activity 1: Continuous Rhythmical Exercise
Lesson 15.1 Health and Fitness Quackery
Self-Assessment: Reassessing Body Composition, Flexibility, and Strength
Lesson 15.2 Evaluating Health Clubs, Equipment, Media, and Internet Materials
Taking Charge: Learning to Think Critically
Self-Management Skill: Learning to Think Critically
Activity 2: Active Learning: Isometric Exercise Circuit
Unit VI. Wellness and Personal Program Planning
Chapter 16. A Wellness Perspective
Activity 1: Cooper's Aerobics
Lesson 16.1 All About Health and Wellness
Self-Assessment: Reassessing Cardiovascular Fitness and Muscular Endurance
Lesson 16.2 Healthy Lifestyles and Environments
Taking Charge: Thinking Success
Self-Management Skill: Thinking Success
Activity 2: Your Health and Fitness Club
Chapter 18. Personal Program Planning
Activity 1: Exercising at Home
Lesson 18.1 Program Planning
Self-Assessment: Evaluating Your Personal Program
Lesson 18.2 Staying Fit and Active
Taking Charge: Overcoming Barriers
Self-Management Skill: Overcoming Barriers
Activity 2: Performing Your Plan
Physical education and health textbook for students in grades 9 to 12. Reference for secondary PE teachers or for undergrad courses in PE teacher preparation.
Dr. Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin has been a professor at Arizona State University for more than 20 years. He is currently a member of the faculty in the department of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University-East. He is the senior or sole author of more than 70 books. Fitness for Life (winner of the Texty Award of the Text and Academic Authors Association), Concepts of Physical Fitness (winner of the McGuffey Award), and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness are the most widely adopted high school and college texts in the area of fitness and wellness.
Two of Dr. Corbin's video programs have earned Telly Awards for Excellence for educational videos. He was first author of the national physical activity standards for children, published by the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).
Dr. Corbin is acknowledged as the father of the conceptual physical education movement that he pioneered at both the secondary school and college levels. He is internationally recognized as an expert in physical activity, health and wellness promotion, and youth physical fitness. Dr. Corbin demonstrates his commitment to physical education by sharing his work at state alliance for health, recreation and dance (AHPERD) meetings. He has been the keynote speaker at more than 35 state AHPERD conventions and has made major addresses in Brazil, Ireland, England, Australia, and various European countries. He has presented numerous named lectures including the Cureton Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convention, the Hanna and Sargent Lectures at the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (NAPEHE) convention, the Prince Phillip Lecture at the British Physical Education Association convention, and the Weiss Lecture at an American Alliance for Health, Recreation and Dance convention.
Dr. Corbin has published more than 200 professional, research, and popular articles. He is a former president and fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Among the awards he has received are the Healthy American Fitness Leaders Award (President's Council, National Jaycees), AAHPERD Honor Award, Physical Fitness Council Honor Award, the COPEC Hanson Award, and the Distinguished Service Award of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He is a lifetime member of AAHPERD and a 30-year member and fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Corbin was named Alliance Scholar by AAHPERD, and Distinguished Scholar of NAPEHE. Dr. Corbin served as editor of several periodicals, including Quest and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport (PCPFS) Research Digest. He a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the PCPFS President's Challenge Program and is a charter member of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Advisory Board.
Ruth Lindsey, PhD, was a professor emeritus at California State University at Long Beach and a recognized leader in physical activity and fitness with special expertise in biomechanics, kinesiology, questionable exercises, nutrition, and physical activity for senior adults. She was the author of numerous research and professional publications. Dr. Lindsey authored or coauthored more than 20 books, including Fitness for Life, which received the Text and Academic Authors Association's Texty Award, and Concepts of Physical Fitness, which received their McGuffey Award for excellence over a long period.