PART I.


    DIRECTIONS:  Review the following terms and concepts.  Do not try to memorize the definitions, rather think about and understand: 1.) what the concepts mean to you, and 2.) how we have worked on physical fitness in class.  Please review with a parent if possible.


    What is wellness?


    ·         Wellness is a state of excellent health which includes mental, physical, and emotional characteristics or parts.  Wellness can be more easily achieved by being physically fit, eating healthy, and getting enough rest (sleep).


    What is physical fitness?


    ·         Physical fitness is the capacity of the heart, lungs, and muscles to function at optimum efficiency (the human body to work at its best).  It is important for health, physical performance, and mental well being.  It does not mean that you are the best at a given sport or sport skill.


    What does it mean to be physically fit?


    ·         Children who are physically fit have sufficient endurance to participate in moderate to vigorous activities without undue fatigue.


    ·         These children can participate longer and play harder than those less fit.    


    ·         Children who are physically fit develop a positive attitude toward an active and healthy lifestyle.


    2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

    (As Published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)


    Key Guidelines for Children & Adolescents (Aged 6 – 17)


    ·         Children and adolescents should do 1 hour (60 minutes) or more of physical activity daily.


    o        Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.


    o         Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.


    o        Bone-strengthening:  As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.


    Aerobic activities are those in which young people rhythmically move their large muscles.  Running, hopping, skipping, jumping rope, swimming, dancing, & bicycling are all examples of aerobic activities.  Aerobic activities increase cardiorespiratory fitness.


    Muscle-strengthening activities make muscles do more work than usual during activities of daily life.  This is called “overload,” and it strengthens the muscles.  Muscle-strengthening activities can be unstructured and part of play, such as playing on playground equipment, climbing trees, and playing tug-of-war.  Or these activities can be structured, such as lifting weights or working with resistance bands.


    Bone-strengthening activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength.  This force is commonly produced by impact with the ground.  Running, jumping rope, basketball, tennis, and hopscotch are all examples of bone strengthening activities.  As these examples illustrate, bone-strengthening activities can also be aerobic and muscle-strengthening.



    What are the parts (components) of health related physical fitness?


    The 5 parts (components) of health related physical fitness are:


    ·         Cardiorespiratory (Heart & Lung) Endurance;

    ·         Muscular Strength;

    ·         Muscular Endurance;

    ·         Flexibility;

    ·         Body Composition.


    What do the health related components mean?


    ·         Cardiorespiratory (Heart & Lung) Endurance -- The ability of the body to sustain prolonged exercise.


    -          The heart is a muscle that benefits from physical activity, as do other muscles.


    -          Cardiorespiratory endurance contributes to feeling good and being healthy.


    -          Some exercises and activities that raise our heart rate and increase our lung capacity include; jumping rope, jogging, swimming, power walking, and bike riding.


    ·         Muscular Strength -- The amount of power a muscle can produce.  The maximum amount of force a muscle or muscle group can produce.


    ·         Muscular Endurance -- The muscle’s ability to produce that power for a long duration.  The ability to repeat a movement. 


    -       Muscular strength is specific.  Different muscles require different exercises.  For instance, the standing long jump is a measure of leg strength/power.


    -          The moderate to vigorous physical activities that develop cardiorespiratory endurance may also develop muscular strength and endurance in the legs.


    -          Upper body strength and endurance (including abdominal muscles) is enhanced through activities that focus on supporting weight on hands, transferring weight involving hands, balances requiring muscular tension, and challenging activities on gymnastics and playground equipment.


    -          Some activities that increase muscular strength and endurance include; curl-ups/seat balances, flexed arm hang/pull-ups, right angle push-ups, and climbing rope. 


    ·         Flexibility -- The ability to bend, stretch, and twist.  The ability to move body parts through a potential range of motion.      


    -          Flexibility is very specific to each muscle/muscle group. 


    -          Static stretching involves reaching forward to a point of tension and holding the stretch.  Typically the stretch position is held 10 to 30 seconds to allow the muscles to relax and lengthen. Static stretching may best be done after the physical activity as part of the cool down.


    -          Dynamic stretching involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both.  Dynamic stretching consists of controlled leg and arm swings that take you gently to the limits of your range of motion.  Dynamic stretches may best be done as part of the warm-up before the physical activity.   DO NOT BOUNCE.


    -          Stretching exercises improve flexibility and may help reduce the chance of injury to muscles. 


    -          Exercises (done as part of a warm-up and cool down routine) stretch the large muscles of the upper and lower body and help prepare students physically for the class.


    ·         Body Composition -- The relationship between fat mass and fat-free mass in the body.  Fat-free mass is made up of all the body’s nonfat tissue, including bone, muscle, and vital organs.   


    -          Body composition is determined by heredity (family characteristics or traits from our parents & grandparents…), nutrition, and level of physical activity.


    -          A certain amount of body fat is essential for protecting bones and organs, and for proper functioning of the body.


    -          Good nutrition is essential for good health and total fitness.


    -          Moderate to vigorous physical activity can help decrease the percentage of body fat.


    -          The activities that help reduce body fat are the same as those that increase cardiorespiratory endurance.  At home, family activities are very important for improving this part of health related physical fitness. 


    What is the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge?


    The President’s Challenge is a nation-wide program consisting of 5 physical fitness challenges that test boys and girls…


    ·         Cardiorespiratory endurance -- 1 Mile Run/Walk


    ·         Muscular strength and endurance  -- Pull-ups/Flexed Arm Hang (Upper body)

     -- Curl-ups (Abdominal)


    ·         Flexibility -- Sit and Reach (Low back and posterior leg)


    ·         Agility -- Shuttle Run


    Why do we participate in the President’s Challenge?


    Training (practicing) for and participating in the President’s Challenge may help us…


    ·         Set goals and strive to reach a higher level of physical fitness;

    ·         Learn about our health, our strengths and weaknesses and how to improve;

    ·         Learn the concepts of physical fitness and their importance to our health;

    ·         Develop proper exercise habits for an active and healthy lifestyle.


    Remember that physical fitness is a personal matter, your score counts for you because it’s what you do that counts for you; and the goal of health-related physical fitness is self-improvement, toward an active lifestyle and healthy living.



Last Modified on June 1, 2009