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Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, is the award-winning text that continues to set the standard for teaching personal fitness (fitness education) at the high school level. It will help students become physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.


This classic, evidence-based book will guide students in becoming informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness, taking responsibility for setting individualized goals, and making their own plans for active living. To accomplish this overarching goal, they learn a variety of self-management skills, including self-assessment. The program is based on established educational theory as outlined in the Teacher Web Resource.


Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, is available in print and digital formats, including an interactive iBook for iPads plus other e-book formats that students can use across a variety of platforms.


Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, helps students:


  • Become physically literate individuals as defined by SHAPE America.
  • Meet the national, state, and local grade-level standards and outcomes developed by SHAPE America for physical education and fitness education.
  • Meet college and career readiness standards by learning and using critical thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Meet national physical activity guidelines of the USDHHS, exercise prescription guidelines of ACSM, and health goals of Healthy People 2020.
  • Use the HELP philosophy of promoting health for everyone with an emphasis on lifetime activity and healthy lifestyles designed to meet personal needs.
  • Use the Stairway to Lifetime Fitness concept, created by author Chuck Corbin, to encourage higher-order learning (move from dependence to independence).
  • Use the Physical Activity Pyramid, created by the authors, to help students understand the FITT formula and benefits of the major types of physical activities.
  • Become informed consumers on matters related to lifelong physical activity and fitness and other healthy lifestyles (e.g., good nutrition and stress management).
  • Learn self-management skills that lead to adopting healthy lifestyles.
  • Perform self-assessments, including all tests in the Fitnessgram battery and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
  • Take personal responsibility for setting individualized goals and personal program planning.
  • Develop a love for lifetime fitness activities.
  • Benefit from the expertise of internationally renowned authors and educators Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin and Guy C. Le Masurier and contributing author and educator Karen McConnell.

Through Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, students will be able to:

  • Assess their own fitness and other health and wellness factors to determine personal needs and assess progress resulting from healthy lifestyle planning.
  • Use Taking Charge and Self-Management features to learn self-management skills (e.g., goals setting, self-monitoring, self-planning) for adopting healthy lifestyles.
  • Learn key concepts and principles, higher-order information, and critical thinking skills that provide the basis for sound decision making and personal planning.
  • Do reading and writing assignments as well as calculations that foster college and career readiness.
  • Find Academic Connections that relate fitness topics to other parts of the curriculum such as science, language arts, and math.
  • Try out activities that are supported by lesson plans offered in the teacher web resources and that can help students be fit and active throughout their lives.
  • Take part in real-life activities that show how new information is generated by using the scientific method.
  • Become aware of and use technology to learn new information about fitness, health, and wellness and learn to discern fact from fiction.
  • Use the web and the unique web icon feature to connect to relevant and expanded content for essential topics in the student web resource.
  • Find Academic Connections features that relate fitness topics to other parts of the curriculum such as science, language arts, and math.
  • Use other features such as fitness quotes, Consumer Corner, Fit Facts, and special exercise features (including exercise and self-assessment videos) that promote higher-order learning.
  • Use the chapter-ending review questions to test their understanding of the concepts and use critical thinking and project assignments to meet educational standards, including college and career readiness standards.

Every chapter in the student text features two classroom lessons, one self-assessment, one Taking Charge and Self-Management feature, one Taking Action feature, and a chapter review. There is one Consumer Corner feature in each unit, and there are eight Academic Connections features throughout the book. The teacher web resources (see below) feature the same chapter content as the student text plus three physical activity lessons per chapter that help students apply what they’ve learned from the classroom lessons.


Supporting Materials

Fitness for Life, Sixth Edition, offers an array of supporting materials for students and teachers. Both student and teacher web resources are accessible through the Fitness for Life website.


Student web resources include the following:

  • Web icons that link students to expanded content and topics at a book-specific website (web icons in the text)
  • Video clips that demonstrate proper performance of self-assessments included in each chapter and video clips of proper exercise form (in selected chapters)
  • Worksheets (without answers)
  • Review questions from the text, presented in an interactive format for students to check their level of understanding
  • Quizzes for assessment (without answers)

Teacher web resources include the following:

  • Five lesson plans per chapter (two classroom plans and three activity plans that teachers can use to best suit the school’s schedule and facilities)
  • Lesson objectives and lists of standards and guidelines met by each lesson
  • Worksheets (with answers)
  • Chapter and unit quizzes with answers
  • Activity cards and task cards
  • Slide presentations for each lesson highlighting the key points for each lesson
  • A test bank that teachers can use to make their own quizzes if they prefer


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