by MELODY YARBROUGH
1st ed., September 2001, 78 pages, $10.95
Exercise is a brief and concise guide to learning about
and participating in aerobic exercise. By following the principles
outlined in this book it will be possible to get aerobically fit
with the exercise of your choice. The activities may vary, but
the principles of aerobic exercise remain the same. The object
of any exercise program is to find something you enjoy doing —
and then do it correctly to maximize fitness gains while avoiding
injury. Pick an aerobic exercise and begin!
1: WHY AEROBIC EXERCISE?
Why did Aerobics become so popular?
What are the physiological benefits of aerobic exercise?
Are there other benefits of aerobic exercise?
Can improvements be measured?
Do I need any special equipment?
2: WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF FITNESS?
What criteria do you need to meet to be totally fit?
3: WHAT ARE TRAINING PRINCIPLES?
How do I improve my fitness level?
How often, how long, and how hard do I have to work out?
How do I know if I am over-training?
4: WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A WORKOUT?
What are the components of a workout?
How should I organize my workout in order to be effective?
How do I cool down from my workout safely?
5: COMMON EXERCISE INJURIES
What about knee injuries?
What about the feet?
What about the elbow?
What about shin splints?
What should I do about a side stitch?
What are the essential nutrients?
What do they do and why are they important?
What and how much should I eat?
How can I control my weight?
How do I know if my weight loss diet is a good one?
How do I know if I have an eating disorder?
7: SPECIAL CHALLENGES TO EXERCISE
What about exercising at an advanced age?
What about exercising with diabetes?
What about exercising in the case of overweight or obesity?
What about exercising with asthma?
What about exercising during pregnancy?
What about exercising with arthritis?
What about exercising during and illness or infection?
Common Injuries and Illnesses
Recommended Daily Allowances
Physiological response to exercise
Muscular Strength and Endurance
Measurement of Body Fat
Target Heart Rate Zone
Perceived Exertion/ Target Zone
Basic Anatomy: Muscular System
Melody Yarbrough earned her Doctorate in Health at Texas
A&M University in College Station, Texas. She earned a Master
of Science Degree in Physical Education from Texas Tech University
in Lubbock, Texas and is certified as an aerobics instructor by
the American Fitness Association. Dr. Yarbrough is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas