Aug 28, 2007

5 Exercise Activities for Baby Boomers

By Gordon Black

Health is an important factor determining the quality of life. As Baby Boomers age, this statement has begun to possess increased significance. After a lifetime of hard work, retiring Baby Boomers are placing increased importance on their health in order to allow them to enjoy their well-earned golden years.

Exercise is arguably the most important variable a person can change to enhance their health. Below, we list 5 activities to help any Baby Boomer achieve their optimal health.

1. Join a Bicycle Club or start biking on your own. Biking is a great endurance activity which is low impact on muscles and joints. A great feature of biking is that an individual can set the level of exercise to meet their goals.

2. Start swimming. Another low impact activity for those with sensitive joints. Most communities have a local pool that can be accessed year round. Usually there are set hours for laps, swimming fitness classes and recreational swimming.

3. Yoga studios are popping up everywhere. Join one! In addition to the physical benefits, there are mental benefits and it’s a great way to meet people. There are many different forms of yoga so do your research and start improving your flexibility.

4. Tai Chi is an exercise system of slow controlled movements of the body. It claims to enhance inner and outer calm. Most mid-sized to large cities will have a Tai Chi club. Local scenic parks are common hotspots for Tai Chi clubs.

5. Mall Walking. A Mall is the perfect place to exercise. Typically Mall’s are large and open. They are covered and the temperature is always just right. Best of all, it’s free!

Before starting any exercise program one should consult their physician. Following the approval of your physician you should sit down and set your exercise goals and set a realistic schedule you plan to keep then get started.

Gordon Black

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