The textbook boradly covers all health-related fitness components (cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition), fitness principles, and other very important lifestyle behaviors (e
g., healthy eating, stress, substance use and abuse, etc.) that could affect health and wellness. It is also great that the textbook includes knowledge tests for each chapter to help readers assess their understanding of the content. Overall, it is thorough for a basic into. to fitness and health.
Overall, the information provided in the textbook is accurate. I only found some minor typos and formatting issues. Some of the web links (when it goes to two lines) did not work well.
The content is pretty up-to-date. For example, when talking about the wellness dimensions, the textbook addresses 9 dimensions instead of 8 by including another dimension called cultural wellness. However, it could be more advanced if the textbook could also address topics such as „Technology in Fitness and Wellness“ so that it can be more updated.
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Overall, the textbook provides adequate context for all the terminologies. It could be better if the textbook also includes some pictures to assist the context.
Each chapter has different subheadings to guide reading. However, I hoped that the headings and subheadings could be numbered to be clearer. Additionally, on the „Table of Contents“ page, a list of subheadings and page numbers for each chapter should be provided to give readers a clearer map of the content. It could also help readers easily and quickly find the chapters and specific content.
Overall, the topics are presented in a logical and clear fashion. It covers a broader aspect of health and wellness starting from „healthy behaviors and wellness dimensions“ and then addresses the fitness principles and each health-related fitness component. Other lifestyle behaviors were covered follow after. However, some of the chapters might be a little bit replicated. For example, when addressing chapter 3, cardiorespiratory fitness, it could have addressed the cardiovascular disease, which was independently listed as chapter 10.
Again, it could be better to have the headings and subheadings numbered and the detailed headings should also be listed on the „Table of Contents“ page to provide a clearer topic/content/map. I was confused when trying to search for a specific chapter and I was off track when reading a chapter because there were no numbers, and the headings and subheadings were unclear to me.
It does include some examples that are specific to certain races that might be a bit culturally offensive. For example, When discussing the factors that cause CVD, it specifically pointed out that African Americans have the highest risk factor for CVD, however, without a clear citation or a further explanation of it.
Multiple authors offer a thorough introduction to the topics in a readable and direct format. There is thorough information in each chapter that is broken out in topic links, graphs, video links decisive link and concludes with citations, a glossary of terms. read more
Multiple authors offer a thorough introduction to the topics in a readable and direct format. There is thorough information in each chapter that is broken out in topic links, graphs, video links and concludes with citations, a glossary of terms and brief questions. There is no concluding glossary or index. The chapters topics are presented in a thorough and factual way, and each chapter is a stand alone unit written by different authors. It offers great detail of physical fitness, and a comprehensive overview of behavioral change, as well as detailed factual information about each topic.