According to the U.S. Census Bureau Baby Boomers were born between 1947 and 1964. That puts us between the ages of 47 to 65. And while it has been said that Boomers want to have it all, you can bet your tie-dyed jeans and love beads that at this stage of our life, basic health and physical strength are at the top of our wish list. How do we make that wish come true? Exercise. It makes us feel good and look good, too.
Who doesn’t like being complimented on how well we look for our age? And admit it; it just makes our day when someone says that we look younger than we really are. But narcissists excluded, I don’t know anyone who would honestly say, “I’d rather look good than feel good.” Because all the Botox, wrinkle fillers, and hair pieces in the world don’t mean a thing if you go through life everyday feeling like you were body slammed by Hulk Hogan.
Boomer alert! The federal government and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommend 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.
Years ago, I began exercising with Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda video tapes. Since then my exercise routine has evolved to include a little bit of everything which I will tell you about in a future post. In the meantime, one of my workout role models, 72 year old Jane Fonda is still going strong and looking good. Fonda has osteoarthritis, had knee surgery last year and had a hip replacement in 2005. In spite of all that health drama, she is still working out and releasing exercise DVDs including some this year, age appropriate DVDs for seniors.