How to Get Fit - Tips for Baby Boomers

A new generation is getting involved with gyms and fitness programs in record numbersthe baby boomer generation. The 78 million Americans who make up this generation are savvier and better versed in fitness than any other aging generation seen before as exercise has been more ingrained in their culture and daily routines.

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Baby boomers reasons and motivations for getting fit are as varied as their workout interests. From tennis and yoga to hiking and dance, exercise offers many benefits for older adults, including reducing and minimizing the signs, symptoms and risk factors for chronic diseases and conditions like arthritis, obesity and diabetes. Additionally, exercise can help fight depression and improve energy, balance and strength.

However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone, and fitting exercise into a busy schedule can be hard.

Consider these workout tips for baby boomers to help you enjoy and stick with your workout routine:

Make housekeeping a weekly workout. See:Exercise with a friend.Studies show 80 percent of baby boomers prefer to exercise with friends or a group they feel comfortable with. This gives people motivation and accountability while making the activity more enjoyable.Select an exercise that you enjoy. Not surprisingly, youre much more likely to stick to activities you enjoy and that fit your schedule. Think back to activities you did when you were younger and try different types of exercise to find what works best for you. Consider taking classes to get proficient in a given approach.Do a mix of cardio and strength training. Dont just focus on one or the other; do a mix of both to increase strength, endurance and flexibility.Develop a menu of fitness programs to avoid boredom.These can include instructor-led fitness activities, housekeeping workouts, solo sweating sessions, and working out with friends. Flexible and fun options help keep you engaged and active.

How to Get Fit Tips for Baby Boomers: Created on January 2nd, 2014. Last Modified on April 7th, 2014

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The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) is a 3,200-plus member organization for housekeeping management. Executive housekeepers are managers that direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities, including upscale hotels, hospitals, schools, and other public places. The non-profit was founded in 1930 in New York City, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the states capitol.