There are over 70 million baby boomers in the United States. This large group is less healthy than their parents’ generation, but with a longer life expectancy. They are faced with a litany of health issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, and diabetes. However, this population is also discovering the power and importance of an active lifestyle in combating those health issues and improving the quality of one’s life.
In Aspen, Colorado, for example, a recent program called Bumps for Boomers takes participants through a four-day intensive training session on how to ski safely on a variety of terrains. Founded in 2002, its increasing popularity is a testament to its need and its success in helping older Americans find the right mix of fitness activities.
Mike Denicola, for example, had all but abandoned his love of skiing. The 63-year-old, upon finishing the clinic, offered a rave perspective on the Bumps for Boomers program, saying “I was about to give up skiing…. Bumps gave me new life.”
Inspiration for play is the driving force behind another program for boomers. BoomerTennis is an Internet site that supports lifelong growth in the game of tennis. Members get access to education, training tips, and social networking among like-minded individuals. The site has access to experts in orthopedics, physical therapy, nutrition, training, psychology and travel; monthly articles tap this expertise.
Regular physical activity is an important aspect of aging. As boomers recognize this importance, there is a corresponding growth in services to support their entry, and often re-entry, into a more active lifestyle. Sophisticated programs such Bumps for Boomer or BoomersTennis may fit your needs; others may find suitable inspiration at a local gym or YMCA. No matter what the entry into this world may be, do be sure to consult a doctor before embarking on any major changes to your physical makeup and do remember to focus on safety and longevity. Focus on a combination of strength training, endurance, flexibility and balance work; you will find the benefits life-affirming and you will thrive throughout your retirement years.
Source: MyOptumHealth (https://client.myoptumhealth.com/myoptumhealth/guest/page.esync?view=prelogin.learn.learnLanding&command=article&article=5db07349fb486310VgnVCM100000294ab10a)