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What's Your Fitness ID?

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
ACSM book identifies personalized programs as the key to lifelong fitness

INDIANAPOLIS – One size doesn’t fit all when developing an effective fitness program, according to experts with the American College of Sports Medicine. In the upcoming ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (Human Kinetics, 2011), Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, explains how every person has a unique fitness ID they must discover, develop and evolve throughout their lifetime.

“Your exercise program should be your own,” says Dr. Bushman, who is an ACSM Certified Program Director and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist®. “You are unique in terms of your health, current level of activity and fitness goals.”

Developing a fitness ID begins with examining personal goals and considering how an activity fits into daily life. Specifics of what to include in the program can then be determined. According to Dr. Bushman, an effective program should consist of aerobic activity, resistance training, flexibility and balance. Exercises in each category should be customized according to personal preference and skill level.

“A balanced exercise program is like a sturdy three-legged stool. If one leg is weak or too short, the stool isn’t stable,” Dr. Bushman explains. “In the same way, ignoring one of the exercise components will put your fitness program out of balance.”

A balanced fitness ID also evolves with time. “No matter your age, a physically active lifestyle and wise choices in nutrition allow for an ongoing evolution of your fitness ID,” Dr. Bushman says. “Change is part of life, and your exercise program and diet evolve over time as well.”

ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health provides scientifically based guidance on beginning or improving any exercise program. The guide also offers the most current activity and nutrition guidelines along with exercises, activities and programs for every age and fitness goal.

“Understanding what it means to be fit, active and healthy is the first step toward discovering your personal fitness ID,” Dr. Bushman says. “With specific information on cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility and nutrition, people of all ages and health conditions can take charge of their fitness and develop a fitness ID unique to their needs.”

ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (ISBN 978-07360-9337-8) will be available in May 2011. Members of the media interested in ordering a review copy of the book, scheduling an author interview or requesting an excerpt, please contact Alexis Koontz, Human Kinetics publicity associate, at (217) 403-7985 or


Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FASCM, is an ACSM Certified Program Director and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist®, and she is also a professor at Missouri State University. She received her Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Toledo and has teaching experience in identification of health risks, exercise testing and prescription, anatomy and physiology. Dr. Bushman is also the associate editor of ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer and a reviewer for ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 1999 and serves on the ACSM Media Referral Network.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 40,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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