Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2014

Degree Type




Director of Thesis

Teresa Moore

First Reader

Stephen Chen


Not only has research unanimously supported the claim that physical activity is good for you, it is an idea that many people see as wide-spread enough to be considered banal. However, at a time when the United States is facing rising rates of obesity (Haskell et al., 2007), it is important to appreciate the importance of that information. In order to gain a personal understanding of the importance of physical activity, I engaged in resistance training five days per week and an additional four hours and 40 minutes, on average, of other physical activities, including yoga, stretching, and tennis, for a period of 10 weeks. Fitness assessments were performed both prior to and after the 10 weeks of activity. The results confirm previous research; I showed increased physical performance on every test.