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Exercise Promotion and Fitness

  • By: Amy C. Cory
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

According to the nursing interventions classification system, exercise promotion is defined as the facilitation of regular physical exercise to maintain or advance to a higher level of fitness and health. Fitness can be categorized as performance related or health related. In family health, the aim of fitness is on the latter within the context of the family unit. Health-related fitness focuses on achieving optimal health through physical activity while preventing disease associated with a sedentary lifestyle: It is comprised of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness—including endurance, strength, and flexibility—and body composition. Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement that increases energy expenditure above the baseline. Exercise, on the other hand, is a form of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive. Although exercise is ...

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