Active baby boomers may want to consider a different workout
August 4, 2010
The baby boomer generation is often cited as the healthiest, most active group of older adults to be nearing retirement age. Many still play sports, go to the gym, or engage in other athletic activities. However, according to PennLive.com, it may be necessary to adjust your workout regimen as you age.
Bone density begins to decrease around age 30 and exercise can mediate the levels of this deterioration. The news provider claims that the most effective way to stay healthy is to maintain a regular workout schedule, because a sudden spike in fitness level can have harmful side effects.
Walking is a low-impact activity that can keep a person in shape and introduce their body to other forms of exercise in the future, like running or dancing. Foods that are high in calcium, magnesium and vitamin D can also help prepare muscles and bones for a workout.
Experts suggest that regular exercise can also help a person’s sense of balance and strengthen key muscles and bones, so there is less of a risk for falling in old age. Boomers who are worried about the consequence of a fall may want to consider a personal emergency response system, which will provide a way to alert caretakers if an injury is sustained.