I AM A SONIC BOOMER, NOT A SENIOR... In this blog, I am writing to and for those who believe that the Boomers will change what the word Senior means. I also believe that Boomers will change what retirement means in our society. The blog is also for those who are interested in what life after retirement may look like for them. In this blog I highlight and write about issues that I believe to be important both for Seniors and working Boomers.
The research was conducted on 4,232, 60 year old men and women and their health was tracked for 12.5 years. Participants were followed while performing what researchers call non- exercise physical activity (NEPA). These participants were not involved in a regular or regimented exercise program but physical activity levels were determined. Those that performed the highest levels of physical activity enjoyed the best results.
Another exciting finding was the reduced occurrence of the metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) which was significantly lower in those with higher non- exercising physical activity. This is of particular importance since it’s recently been estimated that 58 million Americans are at increased risk for developing diabetes.
The activities that qualify for results are those that we generally associate with typical household chores like house cleaning, gardening, raking etc. The researchers stated that “Our findings are particularly important for older adults, because individuals in this age group tend, compared to other age groups, to spend a relatively greater proportion of their active day performing routine activities as they often find it difficult to achieve recommended exercise intensity levels.”
The researchers concluded that”A generally active daily life was, regardless of exercising regularly or not, associated with cardiovascular health and longevity in older adults.”The message is that you just have to stay generally active to get results. If you are not moving then start moving. If you are moving a little, start moving more and more until you reach the highest levels of physical activity that’s safe and appropriate for you.