Should you consider in-home fitness training for your aging parents?
Fitness Over 40
The 76 million Baby Boomers in the U.S. are well-known for their active, busy lifestyles. They are the generation that is redefining aging in our society by continuing to work and stay active well into their golden years.
Why do people exercise? Well, once it's a habit, people exercise because it feels good, but a lot of people begin an exercise program because they want to lose weight. If you're overweight, losing even a few pounds is a good thing, but there are lots of other reasons to exercise. If you're a Baby Boomer or Senior (heck, even if you're a twentysomething), regular exercise offers many benefits that will improve the quality of your life.
The 206 bones in your body make up the structural infrastructure that supports your soft tissue. Bones are also storehouses for calcium and phosphorus, and bone tissue is continously being broken down and repaired within your body. Approximately every ten years, your entire skeleton will be replaced with new cells. Stressful forces on the bone, such as you experience when you exercise, cause the bones to create more new bone tissue, while a sedentary lifestyle results in greater loss of bone tissue than generation of new tissue. Your challenge, as you age, is to keep the pace of cell regeneration ahead of the pace of degeneration.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and an additional 34 million have low bone density. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, you know that you have an increased risk of broken bones. Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will give you instructions on how to slow the bone loss with diet, supplements, exercises, and perhaps medication. But you can also manage a number of other factors to prevent dangerous falls.
Everybody wants to know, what's the best exercise for me? If you're a Baby Boomer, you're at that age where your body doesn't work quite the same way it did 15 or 20 years ago. So what's the best exercise to keep Baby Boomers fit and healthy?
If you’re a “person of a certain age,” you’ve probably heard that you should be doing regular weight-bearing exercises to help improve your bone density. But do you know which exercises are weight-bearing and which aren’t?