At 78 million strong, Baby Boomers are one of the largest and most powerful generations in the U.S. They have redefined aging and are more educated, wealthy, and tech savvy than their parents or any generation preceding them. Yet, despite these advantages, some studies, including a Harvard study titled “Trends in Obesity and Arthritis Among Baby Boomers and Their Predecessors,” show that many Boomers are actually overweight or obese, placing them at greater risk for chronic health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
As we age, we often lose flexibility, strength, and balance, which make staying fit after 50 challenging, even for the most determined Baby Boomers. Working with a physical therapist can help you address these challenges, maintain fitness, and avoid injury. While helping you achieve your fitness goals, physical therapists take an individual approach and consider any pre-existing conditions or diseases that you may have to tailor a plan that is specific to your unique needs.
The American Physical Therapy Association has launched a 50 day Fit After 50 Campaign starting October 1. They’ll be offering a new tip each day for those over 50, and we’ll be posting some of those tips on NPT’s social media sites. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter where we’ll be posting some of our favorites.