Baby boomer trends in fitness and health

In this still-young new year, we think it’s a good time to look at baby boomer trends in fitness and health. And for that, we’re leaning on the boomer health reporter for the Palm Beach Post, Steve Dorfman.

Just as your physical conditioning is always evolving, so too are the industries that help keep your body in prime working order. So, let’s look into our magic medicine ball for some health, fitness and nutrition trends we’re likely to see in 2015.


Body weight training. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a return to the old staples — push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, lunges, planks, etc. — will become the most prevalent fitness trend in the coming year.

That’s because, especially for aging baby boomers, these barbell-/dumbbell-free movements tone and strengthen vital muscles while limiting risk for injury. An added bonus: They require minimal, if any, equipment.

Functional strength training. In conjunction with body weight training will be an increased emphasis on improving our aging population’s “functional strength” — that is, developing and/or maintaining the ability to continue easily performing life’s everyday tasks: getting in and out of a car; carrying groceries; negotiating curbs and stairs, etc.


Stand-up work stations. Not only does standing burn more calories than sitting, the Mayo Clinic says it decreases your vulnerability to “a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.”
Many of my colleagues do it regularly — and one of these days, I may even give it a try.

If you decide to adopt a bi-pedal approach to office work, be certain your computer monitor, keyboard, mouse,etc. are positioned ergonomically, and that you maintain straight posture.

Compression gear. No longer just for elite athletes, compression apparel — everything from tights, shirts and socks to “sleeves” for knees, elbows and ankles — can be an important component for keeping the aging weekend warrior active.

That’s because these form-fitting pieces — which are typically made of lightweight microfiber materials (think spandex) — provide muscular support and increase circulation.


One popular manufacturer, Tommie Copper — which is endorsed by retired athletes such as former Olympic swimming medalist Dara Torres and former tennis pro Tracy Austin — claims that many of its copper-infused garments, when worn ‘round the clock, will even aid in reducing post-activity muscle soreness.

GMO labeling. The cause of much controversy in recent years, GMOs — “genetically modified organisms” — are found throughout our food supply. Meats, fruits, nuts, vegetables, soy — they all have ‘em.

Depending on who you believe, GMOs are either among the worst nutritional developments of the last 50 years, or a modern way to safely, efficiently and affordably bolster our food supply.


Regardless, non-GMO advocates have been pressuring various state legislatures to force manufacturers of foods containing GMOs to label them as such. Last year, Vermont became the first state to pass such a law.

In 2015, we can expect continued political posturing on this issue — as well as “Non-GMO” and “GMO-free” labeling being used as a sales tool.

Better brain care. In the latter part of 2014, Palm Beach County saw the opening of two more world-class neurological treatment centers — the Joe Namath Neurological Research Institute at Jupiter Medical Center and the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

These two facilities have already made a major local impact with their state-of-the-art protocols — including non-invasive treatment for traumatic brain injury via hyperbaric chambers (Namath Institute), and a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to eliminate brain aneurysms (Marcus Institute).

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  1. It is good to see an article on Boomer fitness. But it is critical to include brain health and fitness too. The only reference was to a brain injury center and no description for the other facility. If we want to extend our high quality of life into our old-senior years it is necessary to live a brain healthy lifestyle. Nutrition and physical exercise are important components but there is a wider focus for whole brain health programs. We have already been labeled the Alzheimer’s Generation so we need to be more in tune with what it will take to keep our brains healthy

  2. You can lift weights safely at any age and build muscle. Any exercise is better than no exercise. Body weight training can be very effective. The copper clothing claims are not supported by any science but people will still buy them.

  3. A great way to encourage boomers to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, these trends will surely fit seniors’ who want to stay active but are worried to hit the gym because it doesn’t require them to do rigorous activities nor heavy lifting which may be dangerous. I shared and featured this article to my blog to let boomers know they can stay fit even in their golden years.

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