Put Some Balance into Your Life: Balance Training

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Why not put some balance into your fitness routine and your life? It just may save you a few injuries.
Air Date: 4/29/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michele Olson, PhD, FACSM, CSCS
OLSON-HeadShot 13 resizedMichele Olson is a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM). Known internationally as THE Exercise Doctor, since coming to AUM, Dr. Olson has directed numerous research studies resulting in over 90 publications in peer-reviewed professional journals.

Dr. Olson is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine for outstanding service to research and is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She heads the NSCA-ERP Exercise Science Program at AUM and well as being the director of the Scharff-Olson Kinesiology Laboratory.
Put Some Balance into Your Life: Balance Training
Balance training workouts are not just for seniors anymore.

Some of the most elite athletes in sports are training with exercises that incorporate balance, and proprioception.

That's a big word, but it basically means "where your body lies in space" and involves an awareness of your body parts and how they relate to other body parts and your body as a whole. This has been shown to be one reason why those elite athletes dominate in their sport.

Incorporating this kind of program into your regular routine can improve your coordination, minimize risk of injuries during physical activity and even build strength.

Balance training can be adjusted to accommodate most fitness levels and coordination capacities.

In this informative segment, Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. Michelle Olson help you put some balance into your fitness routine and your life.