In recent years, I’ve been seeing more 50-somethings doing exercises previously only done by 25 year olds. For example, one 51 year old male client just ran up 39 flights of stairs.
The same one can bench press 200 pounds. Another 50 year old boxes once a week. Yet another does a 30 minute stair climber warm up, then a complete core and strength training regimen.The same one can bench press 200 pounds. Another 50 year old boxes once a week. Yet another does a 30 minute stair climber warm up, then a complete core and strength training regimen.
I almost forgot about the 57 year old who wears a 20 pound vest through his entire workout.
What does this tell me? People are active longer versus 25 years ago. I can’t imagine my dad, who was an active person, throwing a medicine ball or holding a plank at this age.
One downside is that with increased activity comes the risk of injuries. In baby boomers, I see mostly “nagging” injuries, a lot of joint pain. One way to help curb injuries is to stay active when you are not at the gym. Boomers should walk more, do some exercises at home, in general-move.
I just took a look at my schedule today. As a matter of fact, half of them are baby boomers!
Gene Schafer, A.T.C
Owner, ARC Athletics
By Gene Schafer / August 4, 2013