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ERIC Number: ED134582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 5
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Fitness and Americans.
Nordholm, Catherine R.
This document makes a number of observations about physical fitness in America. Among them are: (1) the symptoms of aging (fat accumulation, lowered basal metabolic rate, loss of muscular strength, reduction in motor fitness, reduction in work capacity, etc.) are not the result of disease but disuse; (2) society conditions the individual to believe that at age forty he is on the way down hill, at fifty he is old, at sixty he should be preparing to die; (3) American men and women could improve their life expectancy from seven to eleven years by practicing good health habits; (4) women are twice as likely as men to exercise to lose weight, but men are more likely to exercise for health reasons or because it makes them feel good. Implications of these views for improving physical education programs and persuading people to exercise regularly, include: (1) expanding physical education programs into elementary and junior high schools; (2) expanding intramural sports programs for both men and women; (3) concentrating on lifelong sports; (4) improving public facilities for jogging, swimming, bicycling; (5) promoting jogging and weight training for adults; (6) providing information on scheduling exercise into a daily routine; (7) changing the concept of old age as a barrier to exercise; (8) using arguments toward health, vanity, and pleasure as motivation techniques for physical exercise; (9) providing information on kinds and amounts of exercise necessary for developing and maintaining physical fitness. Studies have shown that physical fitness scores (which have not improved for boys or girls in the last decade) can be raised by giving added emphasis to physical activities in the public school system. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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