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Should You Run in Middle Age? Or Is Walking Better?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: As you approach middle age, you may be concerned how your body will handle the stress of running. Is walking better for you?
Air Date: 1/6/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michele Olsen
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. Areas of research expertise include:
 -Abdominal Exercise and Pilates;
 -Energetics and metabolic responses to:
  Spinning, Pilates, Kettlebells and Tabata exercise;
 -Body image and Eating Disorders in active women, dancers and athletes;
 -Injury mechanisms with popular fitness activities:
  Running and Step Aerobics, etc.
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.
Should You Run in Middle Age? Or Is Walking Better?
As you approach middle age, you may be concerned how your body will handle the stress of running.

Actually, new studies show that running as you approach this point in your life may not be a bad thing. But, is walking still better for you?

Your body does go through changes as the years click by, and overuse injuries can become more common.

Adjustments to your routine may be necessary; but that doesn't mean you should stop or cut back so much that you're not getting any real benefits.

Listen in as Michele Olson discusses running vs. walking as you approach middle age and how it can still have benefits for your health.
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