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Yes, Baby Boomers can (and should) exercise

The last of the Baby Boomers are turning 50, so now is a great time to educate them on the importance of exercise. And, of course, those over 50 who are not doing it should listen, too.

Some of the important things to remember is stretching and balance is essential, as is weight trainings. Having a partner to work out with is always a good idea. 

If you aren’t eating healthy, too, then a lot of the work you do at the gym will be for naught.

Since those over 50 can lose up to a half pound of muscle every year, starting sooner than later is crucial.

Exercise tips for those over 50 (Huffington Post)


Inactivity in England is the subject of new report

As a way to get more people active, and to hopefully stem early deaths, ukactive has released “Turning the tide of inactivity report.”

The report states that 17 percent of premature deaths in England is a result of problems stemming from a sedentary lifestyle. And, £17 million are spent due to this epidemic.

The report says that physical activity has dropped 20% in the past 50 years and is expected to dip an additional 15% by 2030. “If this trend continues, by 2030 the average British person will use only 25 per cent more energy than they would have done had they just spent the day in bed.”

The report looks at the causes of inactivity and what is currently working to turn the numbers around. And, it reports that local authorities only spend 2% of public health budgets on physical activity promotion, compared to 12% on alcohol abuse and 38% on sexual health.

ukactive report looks into inactivity (ukactive)


Obese as a youth often means obese as young adult

A new report shows that one of the keys to decreasing the chances of obese teens and adults is to start early.

The study of 8,000 children showed that if a 5-year-old is overweight than they were four times as likely to be overweight by the time they are 14.

The research at Emory University in Atlanta also showed obesity rates rising from 13% to 19% from first to third grade, with little increase from fifth to eighth grade.

Overweight youth 4x likely to be overweight teens and adults (Reuters)


Most overweight don’t think they are

The State of the Union in the United States was this week, so that must mean Anytime Fitness’s Weight of the Union must not be too far behind. 

The health club empire released its survey that looks at attitudes on health and fitness, and possibly adding to the problem of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. is that despite 1 in 3 being diagnosed as “obese,” the majority don’t think they are the problem.

The vast majority (84%) of those surveyed felt Americans are heavier, on average, than they were five years ago. With that logic most Americans feel they can weigh more. Also, 3 of every 10 respondents felt their weight was normal, compared to most Americans.

"Obesity can be 'socially contagious,' which in some instances can mean the weight gain of a family member or friend can make people feel a bit less guilty and threatened about admitting their own weight gain, and more comfortable acknowledging it," said Dr. Michael Mantell, American Council on Exercise senior fitness consultant for Behavioral Sciences, and a contributed to IHRSA’s CBI magazine. "When you compare yourself to a general, more anonymous public, it's easier to feel 'I'm not as bad as they are,' or 'I don't have it as bad as they do,' but taking a look at your close circle creates more openness to recognizing one's weight issues."

Anytime Fitness’s Weight of the Union (PR Newswire)





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