What exactly is a Boomer? According to Wikipedia “it is those who were born between 1946 and 1964 where a relatively large number of young people became teenagers and young adults”. Boomers are movers and shakers! Boomers have redefined expectations of retirement and aging.
When is the last time you read or saw information on how to stay healthy by eating nutritionally and exercising? The information is everywhere and boomers are listening, and doing something about it, by lacing their sneakers up and heading to the gym.
The reality is that fitness equals longevity. Several studies have been done and have shown that exercise helps promote a healthier and longer life. So are you thinking “where do I begin”? Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor first, especially if you haven’t been active, you are overweight or have had a previous injury.
Start with a warm-up which consists of a short duration of 5-10 minutes. If you are in a fitness center, this can be walking on a treadmill or riding a bike, if outside, a nice slow walk with eventually increasing your pace. After a warm up, exercising your muscles with some strength training should be done one to two times a week. Strength training is not just for men; in fact it is very important for women. As we age we lose muscle mass, so strength training will help with this loss and even help to add muscle and tone. Keeping our muscles strong is important because it improves our mobility, balance and flexibility, which helps prevents falls, not to mention improving brain function and reducing the risk of diabetes and osteoporosis. Exercise also helps with depression. These long winters and short daylight hours can contribute to the blues, which can be eased with exercise. You can do strength training with exercise bands, hand weights or machines.
Once you start an exercise routine, you should change your workout every 4-6 weeks so your body doesn’t get used to a certain routine, and stop making progress. Try new classes like Zumba, yoga, tai chi and shake things up a little. A variety in your workout also allows you to include strength training, cardio and flexibility workouts in your schedule.
Find that gym that makes you comfortable so that you look forward to going. Fitness centers can be a great place to meet new people and socialize with others. So if you haven’t already started to exercise, start now. Keep on moving and shaking boomers!