Baby Boomers’ Top 10 Reasons Exercise Rocks!

By Guest Author, Dietrich Dejean

Baby Boomers are far more active than their parents were. They have new goals, want to chase the grand kids, fit into clothes from 20 years ago and find ways to feel and look younger. And they are recognizing strength training and aerobics as major factors in the battle to feel better and enjoy life more.

Here are the top 10 benefits Boomers receive from exercise:

  1. More Energy – With age, vigor and vitality diminish. Exercise reverses this trend and helps restore lost energy.
  2. Stronger Bones – An exercise program that includes aerobic and resistance training can help increase and restore bone density. Similar to how muscles get stronger with use, so do bones.
  3. Increase Metabolism – Keeping fit will also increase the body’s Metabolic Rate. Adding muscle increases our metabolism naturally as well as increasing lean muscle mass. Each pound of lean muscle burns 35-50 calories per day.
  4. Prevent Injury – A solid fitness regimen strengthens bones, ligaments, and tendons especially as we get older.
  5. Recover from Injuries – The best way to strengthen and recover from an injury is to slowly build your strength around the injured area. Exercising regularly aids rehabilitation and recovery.
  6. Better Balance – Structured exercise programs not only help maintain strength, but also build strong leg and core muscles to help stabilize one’s body. This reduces the chances of falling, thus reduces the likelihood of injury.
  7. Improved Health – Exercise is a crucial part of staying healthy. Health benefits include decreased risk of coronary heart disease, reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increased HDL Cholesterol (the good cholesterol), and decreased blood triglycerides which helps reduces body fat. Other health benefits also include improved weight control, improved glucose tolerance, and reduced insulin resistance.
  8. Better Performance – Exercising also enhances performance in sports such as skiing or golf. Being physically active also improves life in general – climbing stairs, carrying the grand kids, or walking with your spouse becomes more enjoyable. Baby boomers want to age gracefully. Strength training and fitness can help keep aging bodies in tip-top condition.
  9. Improved Quality of Life – People who exercise increase blood supply to muscles, which helps them work and play longer. This translates into enjoying everyday activities more and improves quality of life.
  10. Feeling Better and Looking Better – Exercise reduces overall body fat, it tones muscles and builds confidence.

These top 10 benefits of exercise happen when you begin a proper strength and conditioning regimen. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new fitness program.

About Dietrich Dejean

Working with clients for the past 13 years, and logging over 10,000 sessions since 2003, currently 92% of his clients are Boomers. Dietrich offers invigorating and individualized programs, one-on-one sessions, and group instruction as well.

He will do a personalized fitness assessment to identify your starting point and quickly get you moving in the right direction. Fun, motivating, and unconventional workouts including resistance training, cardio and flexibility; a simple, effective and customized program that gets you to your fitness goals… faster!

Learn more at or call him at (775) 354-6642

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