Flexible Over 50

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Does your body really tighten up as you age? Is it possible to become more flexible, even as you get older?
Air Date: 10/23/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Lynn Millar, PhD
LynnMillar photo resizedA. Lynn Millar is a professor of Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC. She completed her MS and PhD at Arizona State University (1979 and 1985, respectively), with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology and her MSPT at Andrews University in 1992. As a physical therapist she has consulted with numerous individuals regarding their osteoarthritis. In 2003 she authored a book, Action Plan for Arthritis, which was endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has authored several book chapters related to arthritis since then. Other areas of research have addressed response to stretching and other types of exercise. Lynn has been active with the ACSM and served in many capacities for the Midwest ACSM. She participated in the Michigan Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association on the research committee and on the Board of Directors, and presented at the national level for several organizations.
    Flexible Over 50
    For those women over 50, they"re so often seeking advice on how to improve balance and flexibility.  This is a very good thing, because one of the major physical fitness issues people encounter as they get older is indeed the lack of balance and flexibility.  These componants are fast becoming as important as Aerobic Exercise and Strength Training.  Does your body really tighten up as we age? Can you become more flexible even as you age?