Walking has something to offer to everyone! It can be the first step (pun intended) to starting an exercise program or making exercise a habit. But it can also be a vigorous—yet joint-friendly—workout. I’m excited to have this opportunity to help spread the word about the many different ways to walk and the powerful benefits it can have.
Michele Stanten is the former fitness director of Prevention magazine, where she created a marathon walking program and coached thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons across the country from 2005 to 2010.
She has produced and appeared in more than a dozen exercise DVDs and created numerous audio workouts. Stanten is also a past board member of the American Council on Exercise. She has walked many distance events including Avon’s 3-day 60-mile walk, Marine Corps marathon, and many half marathons.
Michele has created training programs for leading brands and organizations including Harvard Health Publishing, Avon, Silver Sneakers, Tivity Health, and the American Council on Exercise; she is also a member of the planning committee for the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit.
She has written for numerous publications, including Self, Shape, More, Real Simple, and Weight Watchers, and her media appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Biggest Loser, CNN, and NPR.
Michele Stanten is a certified group fitness instructor by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as a certified running coach by the Road Runners Clubs of America (RRCA).
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