Wellness Wednesday – The Rise and Fall of the Fitness Generation

Senior couple riding bicycles

In the AARP Magazine article The Rise and Fall of the Fitness Generation, author Sarah Mahoney shares why once-buff boomers are now confronting the blimp in the mirror:

“‘Baby boomers led an unprecedented fitness revolution, into a kind of golden era of health,’ says Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., whose 1968 best-selling Aerobics put modern exercise on the map. In 1968, less than 24 percent of American adults exercised regularly; by 1984, that figure had risen to 59 percent. Cholesterol levels fell, and so did blood pressure. Deaths from heart disease plummeted 48 percent. And, in large part due to boomer mojo, the average life expectancy jumped from 69.7 years for those born in 1960 to 75.4 for those born in 1990, a huge gain.

By 1987 – the apex of the golden age of our abdominals — 69 percent of American adults were regular exercisers. Many boomers pursued fitness careers, becoming personal trainers. Others harnessed their workouts to change the world, with groundbreaking AIDS bike rides and breast cancer walks raising millions for worthy causes.

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.”

Find out what happened.

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Wellness Wednesday – Five Benefits of Meditation for Baby Boomers

Baby Boomer Couple Meditating

Meditation. It doesn’t have to be some hippy-like practice for which you travel to the high ground in India. In her article Five benefits of meditation for baby boomers, Marcia Smalley shares the benefits of “going within”:

“I started meditating two years ago. It’s safe to say this has changed my life.

At first I wanted to experience what all the fuss was about. If it was good enough for Oprah, then maybe there was something to it. But I was determined not to sit on a pillow in an awkward cross-legged position. I was 60, after all, and I wanted to be sure I could get up. Unassisted.

I also didn’t have a lot of time to devote to this.

Gratefully, neither a lot of time nor a pillow is required. I’ve discovered these benefits of even a few minutes of meditative silence.

Better Health

Since I began my practice, I’ve read the scientific evidence of its benefits. I knew from the beginning that meditation was beneficial. It just feels good. My heart rate slows. I release stress. I sleep better. I intuitively know that meditation is applying a salve to the inflammation that’s trying to ignite in me, physically and emotionally.

Love of the Present Moment

When in a meditative state, there’s only NOW.

At this time of life, when we’ve come to equate enjoyment with activities, to be able to drop into the joy of the present moment is truly sacred. There’s nothing sweeter than falling in love with the moment we’re given, the only one we have.

Increased Sensory Awareness

My meditation practice has shifted me into truly paying attention to everything around me. This has come as a surprise. At 60, you can get a little jaded. You can think you’ve seen it all, maybe done it all.

I notice things differently now. I have a greater appreciation of nature’s beauty, the intensity of color in our world, tantalizing aromas coming from the kitchen. Deeper gratitude for the outside world has been an unexpected gift.”

Discover more benefits of meditation for Baby Boomers.

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582