Each chapter begins with learning objectives the reader should understand by the end of the chapter. There are chapter quizzes and links to additional exercises within each chapter.
There was no cultural bias found in the text. However, it should be noted that some key points on certain health issues are more prevalent in other cultures. Furthermore, it should be noted such statements were presented as fact and not bias.
Overall, I found the textbook to be informative, accessible, and easily read. As mentioned earlier, the terminology lists, quizzes, and additional web links were extremely helpful. I would enthusiastically recommend this textbook!
The textbook covers a broad area of fitness and wellness, and it includes physiological, behavioral, psychological, and biomechanical domains. It would be helpful if the depth of each topic can be further elaborated and improved. Nonetheless, the. read more
The textbook covers a broad area of fitness and wellness, and it includes physiological, behavioral, psychological, and biomechanical domains. It would be helpful if the depth of each topic can be further elaborated and improved. Nonetheless, the content of this book covers the basic key principles.
The text is an easy read for students which is a big plus. The content could use some real life examples to assist reader's understanding and see how each concept is applied and connected to real life. The textbook can have more tables, graphs and pictures to make the book more interesting to read and also assist reader's understanding. For example, in Chapter 5 on Flexibility, there can be various pictures to illustrate different types of flexibility/stretching exercise.
The general heading of each chapter is consistent. However, the formatting and some organization in chapters ple, in Chapter 1, the Terminology Checklist is on a separate page with minimal text/explanation for each terminology and the Test Your Knowledge is on a separate page as well. However, in Chapter 2, the Terminology Checklist is a continuation from the last page of chapter content and the explanation for each terminology is longer and more in-depth. The formatting and the font are different from Chapter 1. Similarly, this inconsistency is observed in Test Your Knowledge section.
The textbook could incorporate more variety of races, ethnicities and backgrounds. More emphasis can be placed on black and non-black races to show and recognize the inclusion and diversity of our society.
Overall, this book presents very good information on fitness and wellness, and I would use some of these information and quiz questions in my courses.
The text is thorough and well researched, and covers most topics relevant to college students. In addition, references to explore what theories articulate behavioral development would complement chapter one. A brief reference to self-efficacy was noted on page 11. The authors did an excellent job providing in-depth, detailed, and reliable content, particularly in the chapter on ‘Fitness Principles.' Links in this chapter were supported by exercise descriptions followed by demonstrations of an array of exercises for each muscle group. This leads me to believe that the text would be most useful for Exercise Science Majors. Even though the chapter on stress touches upon anxiety and depression, it might be more practical to create a separate heading for mental/psychological health. For example, a link directed to ‘lifestyle change that lasts' (p. 13) led to “Find a psychologist,” which would make it more intuitive for users to find in a section devoted to psychological/mental health.