Baby Boomers (78 million strong) are among the largest, most influential generations in America. They are more educated, wealthy and tech savvy than their ancestors. But in spite of these advantages, some studies show many Baby Boomers are overweight or obese, increasing their risks for chronic health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
We often lose flexibility, strength, and balance as we age, which makes staying “Fit after 50” a challenge, even for the most dedicated Baby Boomers. Physical therapists can help boomers address these challenges, stay fit, and avoid injury. Physical therapists use a customized approach that considers pre-existing conditions or diseases to tailor a plan of care specific to each person’s unique needs, while helping them achieve their fitness goals.
The “Fit After 50” tips, facts, and resources below can help you understand how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your mobility and motion to stay fit at age 50 and beyond (in many cases without expensive surgery or long-term use of prescription medications!).
- Make exercise fun! Your mp3 player of choice can help entertain you with your favorite music.
- About a third of people over age 65 will fall at least once this year. To learn more about falls and how a PT can help visit the American Physical Therapy Association's "Move Forward" website. http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=85726fb6-14c4-4c16-9a4c-3736dceac9f0
- One of the best things you can do for your joints is to exercise! A physical therapist can develop an individualized exercise program that fits your needs.
- Walk as much as you can. Remember – an object in motion stays in motion!