Tuesday, May 20, 2008

50 the New 40?

“As a Baby Boomer who recently turned 50, I think I like the idea that I’m actually considered 40 in some circles. The National Center for Health Statistics says two-thirds of us feel younger than we actually are, but half of those in the 55-64 age group have high blood pressure, and two in five are obese. There are signs, however, that we Baby Boomers realize we actually need a regimen of cardio, strength, flexibility and balance training to enjoy comfortable retirement years. The International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association reports the number of members over age 55 in its 4,000 facilities climbed from 7.3 million to 7.9 million from 2000 to 2005. As Baby Boomers age, fitness experts advise that exercise facilities to focus on their many needs, including tai shi and low-impact aerobics to help those with arthritis and balance problems.”


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