I read an article today in NY Times. The article itself may not be so important, but certainly the idea is. No matter what your age! The article, by Jane Brody, begins with the headline:
"To Avoid ‘Boomeritis,’ Exercise, Exercise, Exercise."
It then continues: “An apology to all baby boomers and beyond: I’m afraid that in our efforts to get everyone to become physically active, we’ve sold you a bill of goods. A 30-minute walk on most days is just not enough. There is much more to becoming — and staying — physically fit as you age than engaging in regular aerobic activity. (Of course, the same applies to those younger than 60.)”
The article says that musculoskeltal injuries are the #1 cause of seeking medical care in the USA and that falls are the #1 cause of accidental death in the over-65 age group. The author makes the point that, by their 40th birthday, most people have developed musculoskeletal vulnerabilities that are prone to injury. These vulnerabilities originate even during teenage years because of slight imbalances in posture or movement that are compounded over time. Because baby-boomers are staying active longer, they get injured when they put stress on those vulnerabilities. The article suggests specific ways to avoid injury, and I thought it was important enough that I wanted to share the information. The full text of the article can be found at:
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The author recommends a specific book, called Age Defying Fitness (see link below), written by two physical therapists, Maryln Moffat and Carole Lewis. This book uses a questionnaire to help you assess your personal vulnerabilities and then develop an exercise routine which will help correct for those weaknesses. The article further makes the point, “flexibility [is] not optional” as you age. To prevent stiffness and maintain joint mobility you should stretch daily for 15 to 20 minutes, using slow, controlled movements, before or after your exercise program.” The book can be found at: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Age-Defying-Fitness-Making-Most/dp/1561453331/sr=1-1/qid=1166662439/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0433747-0324931?ie=UTF8&s=books" target="_blank"/a>