The Second Edition is designed for final year students and graduates studying kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, public health, health promotion, preventive medicine and human biology. It looks at the health benefits associated with a physically active lifestyle and a moderate level of fitness versus the potential deleterious consequences of physical inactivity. The book focuses on the prevention of diseases and enhancement of quality of life and well-being. It does not deal with the role of physical activity in the treatment of diseases and rehabilitation and is not intended to be an encyclopedic review of the field. Instead, each chapter provides an overview of the key concepts and the most important findings emerging from a collection of studies, discusses the limitations of the current knowledge base and identifies research needs. It highlights the link between physical activity and health.
Claude Bouchard, PhD, is the executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of the Louisiana State University System. He was director of the Physical Activity Sciences Laboratory at Laval University, Quebec. Steven N. Blair, PED, is a professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition and chronic disease. William Haskell, PhD, is emeritus professor of medicine at Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford School of Medicine. He holds an honorary MD degree from Linkoping University in Sweden.
Chapter 1 Why Study Physical Activity and Health?; Chapter 4 Sedentary Behaviour and Inactivity Physiology; Chapter 8 Skeletal Muscle Adaptation to Regular Physical Activity; Chapter 17 Physical Activity, Fitness, and Children; Chapter 23 From Science to Physical Activity Guidelines; Chapter 25 An Integrated View of Physical Activity, Fitness and Health Index.