The Miracle Cure for aging Baby Boomers is Exercise
Many of us associate the aging process with pain, sickness and taking handfuls of prescription drugs on a daily basis. But does it have to be this way? Absolutely not!
While it’s true that certain diseases or conditions may be hereditary or genetic, the vast majority of age related illness can be prevented or reduced by regular exercise and proper diet.
Much focus has been placed on this subject in recent years in light of the fact that the “baby boomers” (Baby boomers are people born during the demographic Post–World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964)
are now approaching their retirement years. Our society in general is much more well informed than in previous decades about fitness, gyms, & the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Many of our aging boomers are choosing to adopt this lifestyle (if they haven’t been living it already) and the results speak for themselves. A recent article in the Guardian magazine encourages medical practitioners to actively engage with their patients about exercise, lifestyle, and their gym & fitness habits. The following are their statistics on disease reduction through exercise and healthy eating:
*from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges ~exercise + healthy eating = reduction of…
Diabetes type 2 30% Dementia 30% Depression 30% Some forms of cancer 30%
All of which they point out as having a greater success rate than many prescription drugs commonly being prescribed. It goes on to say that breast cancer risk is cut by 25%, bowel cancer by 35%, and strokes by 30%. Type 2 Diabetes can be reduced from anywhere between 30-50%!
for more information, the article is linked here:
Also a valuable resource:
to see how the new generation of our gracefully aging population are choosing to live 🙂
It’s also true that at Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga in Vancouver, we know that it’s never too late to begin exercising or to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But just think of how many more benefits you will reap if you begin now, regardless of your age! All of our group exercise classes and fitness programs (as well as individualized Personal Training programs) are tailored for all fitness and ability levels. Our members range in age from 14 to 80+ including the world famous Dr. David Suzuki who shares the views of Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga and who brought this one particular article in the Guardian to our attention. Dr. Suzuki also encourages medical practitioners to prescribe exercise (where possible) in lieu of prescription drugs, and that fitness centres and gyms should be subsidized by the government. Particularly due to the fact that the baby boomers represent almost half of the current population and are rapidly becoming the newly retiring demographic. It would be a win-win situation for health care and the population to have fitness programs subsidized. Having a healthy aging (or otherwise) population will greatly reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
Ron Zalko Fitness and Yoga encourages everyone of any age to come and try one of our unique classes or programs. No matter what your age or fitness level is, our gym in Kitsilano has something to offer everyone.
Give us a call to find out more, or sign up for our free trial today!
Produced by Kathleen Zalko & Ron Zalko
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