Are you a healthy boomer or are you less healthy than you can or should be? That is the question addressed in a recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine yesterday. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx. The study suggests that baby boomers, while expected to live longer, may also have a higher percentage of health problems such as high blood pressure and other chronic conditions, which may affect the quality of life of those boomers.
Certainly, experience shows many boomers have had knee replacements in their fifties and early sixties as a result of running injuries and have various stress related medical issues such as high blood pressure and high levels of bad cholesterol. In this blog I have written various times about ways to avoid problems associated with stress such as tai chi and meditation. What is Mindfulness? 11/18/12 Meditation and Tai Chi. 6/15/12 Also, I have suggested alternatives to running for cardio fitness that avoid the pressures on the knees such as walking and cycling. High Intensity Training for Better Health, 4/25/12.
While the alternatives I have suggested may not work for everyone, they certainly are worth trying.