Baby Boomer statistics have been a cottage industry since we were born. As our fathers returned home from WWII, our generation emerged as the biggest in history. Birth years 1946 – 1964.
While we’ve recently been eclipsed by the Millenials in terms of sheer size, at our peak in 1999, we were more than 78 million strong. We got used to being the center of the marketing universe. But now, we’re aging and the focus is shifting.
And our situation is, well, not good.
We are on track to be the most obese generation in history. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 72 percent of U.S. men and 67 percent of U.S. women over the age of 65 are obese.
And ironically, we are projected to live longer than any other generation before us. Not because we’re healthy, but because modern chemistry has invented a pill to combat just about everything, including the diabetes and heart diseases that are ravaging our ranks.
Top it off with Sarcopenia. That’s the age-related loss of muscle mass that occurs naturally once people pass 40. Combined with the diabetes, heart disease and wasting away, the coming years do not look happy and healthy for Baby Boomers.
We can do something about most all of this. We can reverse the effects of Sarcopenia through resistance training. We can build muscle as we age, and we don’t need to join a bootcamp or abuse ourselves to do it. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through diet and exercise. And, as a heart patient myself, I can attest that exercise does wonders for the ticker.
Exercise can help improve memory, concentration and mood, while also helping lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
If it’s such a powerful thing, why aren’t more people doing it?
One problem is the medical industry in our country. Our doctors are not taught about it. According to a seminar held at Cornell in 2015, more than half of the doctors in the U.S. receive no formal education on the subject. The study also found that most medical colleges don’t even offer courses on the subject of physical activity.
Doctors are taught how to treat preventible problems with pills.
The good news is that there is a simple answer that you can apply easily in your own life: Resistance Training.
There’s a way to approach it that is fun. It doesn’t have to cost much, or take a tremendous amount of time. Spend some time here on BoomerMuscle.com. I can show you how.
Please feel free to leave a comment below, or drop me a note at Brian@BommerMuscle.com.
I’d love to help you take charge of your health.