Jeffrey M Kingery


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Campus recreation environments have been shown to promote physical health and wellbeing for students, yielding great benefits such as higher levels of belongingness and overall academic success, and thus creating a greater likelihood to be retained at the university if utilized. However, there are various types of exercises one can choose to do within a campus recreation environment, including strength (resistance), cardio, and stretching (flexibility) activities. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the decision making process of exercise choice and duration amongst strength, cardio, and stretching activities as experienced by seven full-time undergraduate students who have visited the RecPlex at the University of Dayton at least 15 times over the course of one semester and who self-identify as men and women. Little information is known about the decision making process of exercise choice and duration among college students, specifically within campus recreation and higher education environments. Previous institutional assessment data has shown various differences in exercise choices and durations amongst undergraduate men and women. A greater understanding of these choices can inform those who work various health and wellness professions to design strategies fitted to enhance success and promote greater overall health and wellbeing for students to balance strength, cardio, and flexibility activities within their exercise routines.

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Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Savio D. Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Lift, Run, and/or Stretch: The Decision Making Process of Exercise Choice and Duration