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Evaluating a Fitness Program

1. Evaluate a Fitness Program Stroller Strides (which can be found at Please explain your ratings.

Start with 100 points and subtract the points indicated for shortcomings.

a. Does the program include sufficient aerobic exercise for cardiovascular fitness (about 20 minutes, 3 days a week)? If no, give a - 10.

b. Does the program include exercises that promote muscle strength, such as sit-ups, push-ups, or weight training? If some parts are left out, give a - 10.

c. Does the program include exercises for flexibility, such as gentle stretch? If no, give a - 10.

d. Does the program allow for varying initial fitness levels...... can you start out slowly and work your way up? If no, give a - 10.

e. Does the program give adequate exercises within a reasonable time each day (at least 20 minutes, but less than an hour, at least 3 days a week)? If no, give a - 10.

f. Does the program include a warm up period? If no, give a - 10.

g. Can the program be performed with only basic equipment, such as shoes, small weights, or a jump rope? Must you join an expensive club to participate? If specific and unusual products must be used, or if large membership fee is required, give a - 10.

h. Is the program safe? If it suggests bouncy stretches or straight-leg sit-ups, give a - 10. If it advocates clearly hazardous practices, such as running in heavy or rubber clothing, don't even consider using it, give it a 0.

i. Does the promoter make only claims backed up by legitimate research? If unorthodox claims are made, such as "no-work fitness," give a - 10.

j. Does the program promote a lifetime fitness plan based on a variety of enjoyable activities? If the program is monotonous, it will soon become boring and difficult to stay with, give a - 10.

Solution Summary

Based on the supplied criteria, this solution assists in evaluating a fitness program.