Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Think of a typical day. Waking up to the sound ofthe alarm a person may get up and stumble into the shower. Perhaps, after turning the alarm offthey zap themselves awake with a walk or some form of exercise. Then again, maybe they simply sit sown with a cup of coffee and the morning paper. Whatever the case may be, most people eventually get themselves ready, have some breakfast, and head off to work. Throughout the coarse of the day, they are presented with different tasks and each of them completes them in one way or another. At the end ofthe day they drive, walk, or bike back to their homes where they concern themselves with the activities ofthe evening. They may fix dinner and go out to a movie or stay at home and relax with a book. At the end ofthe day however, they all crawl back into bed to get ready for yet another day. There are a million different things that people can do within a day. These examples may be typical for some people and not for others. Whatever the case, one common theme remains constant for most people; it is the concept of movement. All people in today’s world are on the go and the movements of our bodies are what get us where we want to be. Movement is truly a critical aspect of life. Without it, we could not feed ourselves, we could not reproduce, and we could not survive. Life as most know it would cease to exist.

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