Once-buff boomers confront the image in the mirror...
Then something strange happened. Boomers, once the peppiest generation, devolved from fit to flabby. Don't take my word for it. JAMA Internal Medicine recently revealed that boomers are far less fit than their parents were at the same age and are more likely to have diabetes or high blood pressure. Today just 35 percent of boomers exercise regularly; 52 percent have no routine.
What happened? Some blame our fast-food nation with its supersize portions. You can also point to the growth of personal technology, which encourages sitting and fiddling with small devices. Exercise takes effort and time and energy and in our society we can work, play, entertain and communicate — all while sitting in the same chair.
Exercise. Find activities you love, and do them several times per week. Incorporate strength-training and cardio.
Lose excess weight. An overweight woman who drops as little as 11 pounds reduces the chance of getting arthritis in her knees by 50 percent. Ten pounds of excess body weight delivers an extra 20 to 30 pounds of stress to your knees with every step.
Change your view of aging. Aging isn't bad; it's natural. Think of the positives. You don't do the stupid stuff you did when you were 25; you can enjoy grandchildren; and you can focus on what's important to you, such as charities or volunteering.
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