Just because you are a part of an aging generation doesn’t mean that fitness can’t be for you. In fact, it might be surprising to learn that most fitness facilities and formal gyms across this nation are advertising to the people who fall into the category of ‘baby boomers.’
By definition, a baby boomer is a person that was born during the post World War II era. This was a period of time when the population surged in this country due to a drastic increase in the number of pregnancies. People falling into this category were born in the two decade time period between 1945 and 1964. That means that today, baby boomers are between the ages of forty-seven and sixty-six. This might not be an age range traditionally associated with gym life. However, it is being noted that this generation has remained more active later into their life than the generations before them. As a result fitness centers are beginning to cater to them.
If you are one of those individuals falling under the baby boomer classification, then this might be a good time for you to consider what these gyms have to offer for you. Exercising, for instance, no longer means standing on a single machine and running until your body feels fatigued. Gyms are now welcoming alternative forms of workout so that the general population feels more inspired to get in shape. Included on the long roster of available activities could be spin classes, rock climbing, martial arts, dance aerobics (i.e. Zumba or Jazzercise), and even boxing classes. Most gyms now offer pools for swimming and water aerobics, as well as courts for activities such as basketball, racquetball, squash, volleyball, and more. That means that nearly everyone can find an activity that suits their tastes, so getting in shape no longer has to resemble torture.
This new phenomenon is also likely due to the fact that this generation had many different forms of fun when younger. As people age and once they retire, most find that they desire to do the things that were fun as children. The sports, the dancing, and even the long nights in the pool with friends can all be relived. As an added bonus, all provide exercise as well.
But what about health? Is it safe for a person in his or her fifties or sixties to suddenly start being active? Most doctors would agree that exercise is always a welcomed addition to a person’s life. However, that is not to say that a person should jump right in without abandon. As we age, our bodies do change in many ways. Some of those make us more susceptible to injury or complications. So, it is always wise to see your doctor before starting a new physical activity. It is necessary for the purpose of ensuring your health and well being. It might be recommended that you work more slowly toward your goals if certain activities would be detrimental to your current state. However, with the myriad of exercise options available, even complications can be overcome.
Once you have the clearance, there are other ways to keep yourself safe as you enter the world of fitness. First and foremost, always opt for appropriate safety gear. If the sport suggests a helmet be worn, never go without. If you suffered a knee injury and are advised to wear a support, then do so whenever you head to the gym. Injury will only set you back and make it more difficult to do the things you enjoy. Getting in shape should be fun, but it also should be safe.
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