Baby Boomers Health Concerns—–Maintaining Good Health

Boomers Health and Wellness

Baby Boomers the age group of 50-72 is considered a “sandwich generation” who juggle caring for children and parents who are living longer, but despite the stressful situation they seem to be more motivated to live a healthy and productive and rewarding life, filled with opportunities previous generations didn’t have.

Baby boomers are ready to take life head on and whatever comes with it, joys, along with the tasks. And in order to do that they recognize the need to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Boomers main concerns are improved health, they want to lead an active life as many of them want to play an active role in the life of their grandchildren not only to see them occasionally but be able to play with them or going to the park or on walks without getting out of breath.

Many baby boomers out of the need of necessity have to work because of one reason or the other don’t have the pension plans or retirement savings of their parents’ generation. This results in working well into later years.

In a world where older folks are mingling with younger people, at the workplace or socially   boomers desire to appear younger which makes fitting in easier,

Focusing on superficial cosmetic  should not be the only area of focus  for the boomers but they should focus on  things like positive aging is the exercise

It is a noted fact that With just 30 to 40 minutes of exercise on most days of the week, you have the power to turn back the clock against age-related issues. Here are several top benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease blood sugar levels
  • Improve bone density
  • Improve strength
  • Enhance memory and cognitive functioning
  • Decrease risk for depression
  • Cut risk in half of the mobility limitations due to aging (according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society)

Some boomers are under the impression that  exercise would mean they would have to work out like they were preparing for an athletic event,

Today, fitness is more than weightlifting, jogging, or preparing for sports. It’s recognized as an essential means to a healthy life—regardless of age, gender, athletic ability, or body type.

Keeping fit in today’s world is not just for the overweight and varsity jocks, But, It’s for those such as the 29.8 percent who reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis (according to 2010 CDC data), who can become more functional through exercise.

Many boomers don’t know where to start, especially if they are coming from a sedentary lifestyle. Some are struggling with aches and pains common to aging, as well as the increased risk of health hazards like heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

It would be best as with most things affecting our health is to get your physician advice, and if it is ok, then find a gym with professional trainers and that will give you expert advice.

You can review the personal trainer biographies on the Center’s Website. Many of these trainers specialize in senior and functional training to improve daily activities.

And if your one of those who do not like exercising in public then you can search YouTube there are a lot of exercise videos for boomers they are not hard and they are very effective.

Healthy Diet

To keep healthy is not only exercising but diet is also very important  we must also consider out diet keep away from sugar as much as possible increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables lean protein   cut back on red meat salt sugar and fat

A good diet to follow is the DASH diet. The DASH ( Dietary approach to stop hypertension) was formulated to stop high blood pressure but it was found out to be very good in helping to stop or prevent a number of other diseases that often occurs as we get older.

Take Care of Yourself

The best advice is to take your life and aging into your own hands.  Be proactive. Before any of these issues crop up…or even if they already have…start the offensive.  Eat better, drink a lot of water, avoid unhealthy habits, change your unhealthy habits, work out, exercise, meditate, take vitamins and supplements.

All of these can make a huge difference in your life going forward.

Conclusion

There are so many questions about how to deal with growing old.  The boomers today are healthier and better educated than any previous generation

Today’s generation of boomers look and feel much younger than their parents did at the same age. But of all the questions that are more urgent to be answered is health and wellness, because, without health and wellness, all of the other concerns are meaningless.

Once we have passed the age of 50 some of us are dealing with one or more of these diseases:  heart disease, cancer, arthritis, cataracts, dementia, Alzheimer’s, hearing loss, strokes, liver and/or kidney failure, joint pain, back pain, migraines. dentures.

This generation outliving all previous generations, and because of this, it is opening us up for many medical issues that no generation ever faced. And this is why it is so important for us to take care of ourselves.

At all times be proactive to take all the necessary steps to keep healthy stop unhealthy habits like smoking or too much alcohol or anything that would cause a negative on your health

And remember the disease that usually affects us as we get older are heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis,  and research has shown being physically fit into your senior years will keep you healthier and active longer

I have left a link for some easy exercise from Silver Sneakers try and do these at least 3 times per week and it will do you good, as a boomer myself I can attest to that.

Fix Your Pain: Hips

Strong, pain-free hips are key to staying mobile and independent longer. Strengthen your hips with these exercises.

Posted by SilverSneakers on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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