Baby Boomer Couch PotatoBaby Boomer births began just after World War II ended, and they grew up during the Vietnam War (1965-73). They were shocked when John F. Kennedy (1963) was assassinated, they watched Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal unravel and can remember the untimely deaths of Marilyn Monroe (1962) and Elvis Presley (1977). The Beatles were a huge hit and movies such as Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Star Wars (1977) and Grease (1978) graced the movie screens. Some partied at Woodstock (1969) and have the photos to prove it.

Baby Boomers cannot be easily defined by their age. Their chronological ages prove ineffective for describing them as “old”.

We (yes, I am a Baby Boomer) tend to measure ourselves by what we can accomplish. We have no intention to retire at 65, instead we want to fight chronic diseases that come with age, stay active and prefer to exercise in private.

However, researchers have concluded that we are naturally drawn to more sedentary behaviors that offset the propensity to be more active. According to Boris Cheval, PhD., a health neuropsychologist at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, future research is needed to focus on how to retrain automatic brain reactions toward stimulating our brains, so we become more physically active.

My inactive friends have their priorities. They want the assurance that exercise will be fun because finding time is tough. They also want to get quick results. They don’t initially believe the positive messages associated with exercise, although they would be willing to “try”.

The discipline it takes doesn’t come easy. Yet, the rewards are there. I suggest if someone is willing to start, it’s best to include variety in their workouts, listen to motivational music, use versatile equipment and include body-mind exercise.

What’s wrong with being more active? If you stay consistent, it can also make you more attractive. So, go ahead, break a sweat!

For more inspirational tips and fun ways to be more active and healthier, reduce pain associated with arthritis or injury, check out our website at www.lorimichielfitness, visit our Facebook page, email us or simply call us at 818-620-1442 for a movement consultation.

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