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Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness - 3rd Edition: The Physical Best Teachers Guide / Edition 3

Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness - 3rd Edition: The Physical Best Teachers Guide / Edition 3

by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators, Suzan Ayers, Mary Jo Sariscsany
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Research shows direct links between regular physical activity, good health, and improved cognitive performance. Your students will receive those benefits when you incorporate the latest edition of this best-selling text into your physical education curriculum.

Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness: The Physical Best Teacher’s Guide is a practical, field-tested tool that provides teachers with strategies to emphasize health-related fitness while maintaining all the components of their existing programs. It also guides teachers in developing effective new fitness education programs.

This new edition is based on up-to-date research, current NASPE standards, and the new 2010 National Physical Activity Guidelines. It includes

•updated health-related fitness concepts and expanded discussions on teaching principles and training concepts;

•enhanced information on assessment, nutrition, inclusion, and goal setting;

•examples for applying the material in real-world physical education settings; and

•ready-to-use instructor resources, including a presentation package and a test package.

Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness guides you in teaching fitness concepts through enjoyable activities and shows you how to use fitness testing as an educational and motivational tool. It provides an in-depth look at physical activity behavior, motivation, and training principles; it also presents aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition as they relate to your teaching. It also examines exercise protocols and outlines strategies for curriculum development that serves a variety of needs.

The text can stand alone or be used with the Physical Best Activity Guides for the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Each of the activity guides comes with a CD that supplies worksheets, charts, and many other educational tools.

Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness is the text for NASPE Physical Best specialist and instructor certification workshops. Physical Best is also designed to complement Fitness for Life resources (health-related fitness knowledge and activities for students K-12) and the Fitnessgram®/Activitygram® fitness and physical activity assessment.

Use Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness to update your curriculum with cutting-edge information and to infuse new life into your physical education program—which will have a healthy impact on the lives of your students, both now and far into their future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736081160
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) — is the largest organization of physical educators in the country, with close to 20,000 members. SHAPE America created the first-ever K-12 physical education national standards; developed the Let’s Move in School public awareness campaign to increase physical activity before, during, and after school; and originated the Shape of the Nation Report, which reviews the status of physical education across the United States. Among its many partners, SHAPE America works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, The Cooper Institute, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity

Chapter 1. Introduction to Physical Best

What Is Physical Best?

What Makes Physical Best Unique?

Physical Best Companion Resources

Related Resources

Physical Best Certification


Chapter 2. Physical Activity Behavior and Motivation

Does Physical Activity Decline With Age?

Internal Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior

External Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behavior

Why Physical Activity Decreases With Age

Motivating Students to Be Active for Life

Creating Physical Education Programs That Motivate

Building a Fitness Program Using Student Goals


Chapter 3. Basic Training Principles

Understanding the Basic Training Principles

Applying the Basic Training Principles

Components of a Physical Activity Session

Social Support and Safety Guidelines


Chapter 4. Nutrition

Foundations of a Healthy Diet

Categories of Nutrition

Dietary Tools

Consequences of an Unhealthy Diet


Part II: Components of Health-Related Fitness

Chapter 5. Aerobic Fitness

Importance of Aerobic Fitness

Defining and Measuring Aerobic Fitness

Teaching Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness

Determining How Much Physical Activity Is Needed

Aerobic Fitness Training Principles

Monitoring Intensity

Cross-Discipline Ideas

Training Methods for Aerobic Fitness

Addressing Motor Skills Through Aerobic Fitness Activities

Safety Guidelines for Aerobic Fitness Activities


Chapter 6. Muscular Strength and Endurance

Definitions of Muscular Strength and Endurance Concepts

Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance-Training Cautions

Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance

Principles of Training

Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance

Addressing Motor Skills Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities

Safety Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities


Chapter 7. Flexibility

Definitions of Flexibility Concepts

Types of Stretching

Benefits of Flexibility

Factors Affecting Flexibility

Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility

Principles of Training

Addressing Motor Skills Through Flexibility Activities

Safety Guidelines for Flexibility Activities


Chapter 8. Body Composition

Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition

Relating Body Composition to Other Health-Related Fitness Components

Methods of Measuring Body Composition

Helping the Overfat or Underfat Student


Part III: Curriculum and Teaching Methods

Chapter 9. Integrating Health-Related Physical Fitness Education Into the Curriculum

Curriculum Development

Recommended Core Content for a Health-Related Fitness Education

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

Program Design

National Standards

Developing Curriculum to Promote Lifetime Fitness

Fitness for Life

Determining Unit or Grade-Level Outcomes


Chapter 10. Teaching Styles and Strategies

Preparing the Environment

Teaching Styles

Enhancing Health-Related Fitness in the Classroom Setting

The Homework Concept

Extending Physical Activity Time



Chapter 11. Including Everyone

Relevant Laws

Benefits of Inclusion

Methods of Inclusion

Major Areas in Which to Ensure Inclusion


Part IV: Foundations of Assessment in Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity

Chapter 12. Principles of Assessment


Applying Assessment Tools

Grading and Reporting Student Progress

Using Assessments for Program Planning


Chapter 13. Assessing Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity

Guidelines for Appropriate Health-Related Fitness Assessment


Tailoring Health-Related Fitness Assessment

Using Health-Related Fitness Results Appropriately

Guidelines for Appropriate Physical Activity Assessment

Strategies for Assessing Physical Activity

Using Physical Activity Assessment Results


Chapter 14. Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains

Cognitive and Affective Domains

Health-Related Fitness Knowledge: The Cognitive Domain

The Affective Domain

Tools for Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains

Grading in the Cognitive and Affective Domains



Reference for K-12 physical educators and physical education administrators. Text for PETE instructors teaching preservice physical education classes and for NASPE in-services.

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