016 Resistance Training and Running Economy

Sustaining health is one of WSU’s identified societal grand challenges. Though some rates are improving, overall, we live in an age where physical activity is too low.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 in 5 American adults meet desired physical activity. Less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes each day. Americans living in the South are less likely to be physically active than those in the West.

Some physical activity is better than no physical activity. But by combining scientific research with physical activity, we know how to make that exercise we DO do even more effective.

The College of Education’s sport science program is top-notch. Two undergraduate students earning their kinesiology degree have researched how resistance training can help people become better runners by improving something called “Running Economy.” They explain.

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