Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fit & Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness Review

Fit and Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness
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This is a solid book for teaching you the basics of leading a healthy life. For people not well educated on basic wellness ideas, this can be a godsend: it will guide you through many topics that are considered common knowledge but, unfortunately, probably aren't as well-known and properly understood as they should be.
Topics covered here include:
- basic methods to studying and eliminating unhealthy habits
- stress sources and management
- strength exercises, including photos and descriptions of many common ones: good for an exercise novice who'd like to avoid the embarrassment of looking totally confused at the gym (though there's no substitute to a trainer who knows what he's doing)
- healthy eating habits, and detailed analysis of carbs, fats, and other things food is made up of
- coverage of diseases, including STDs and other chronic illnesses
This book is great for independent study, which was the method I used it. Augmenting it with help from a teacher could highlight other areas the book doesn't go quite as in-depth into; in my class's studies, many web sites had to be visited, which added some good knowledge outside the book's scope. Also, each chapter seems to be a little long; splitting some chapters up into shorter sections would have made me feel like I was moving through the book quicker.
However, this is a quality-written book from McGraw Hill. It could be good for anyone, young or old, who doesn't know much but wants to learn how to live a healthy life. If you're looking to get into shape for the summer, but have never paid attention to your health habits before, this book can actually be quite a good starting point: it can help point out how certain foods will affect your body, and give you a quick overview of many common, effective, good exercises. Very recommended for either class or independent study.

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Fahey's Fit and Well is the best-selling Fitness/Wellness textbook series in the higher education market, know for its accuracy, labs, and rigor. The 9th edition of Fit and Well will be available with the Connect online learning management system, featuring assignable labs, videos, Internet exercises, pre and post tests, an interactive ebook, and more. Teaching the Fitness/Wellness class in a hybrid or online format has never been easier.Fahey's Fit and Well is designed to motivate students to take their health seriously. It helps them understand why they should make healthy choices and how they can change unhealthy patterns.And it gives them the tools to do it.Fit and Well motivates students through science - Fit and Well provides the information students need to start their journey to fitness and wellness not the random, unreliable information found on the Internet but authoritative, science-based information from experts who work and teach in the field.Fit and Well motivates students through personal engagement - Fit and Well provides the foundation and the resources students need to create personalized fitness programs, including exercise guidelines, self-assessments, lab activities, descriptions and illustrations of exercises, sample programs, and a wealth of behavior change tools and tips.Fit and Well motivates students through Connect Fit and Well - McGraw-Hill's Connect, a new web-based assignment and assessment platform, connects students with their coursework and with their instructors.

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