Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Currently there are approximately 483 million people over the age of 65 living in the world. By 2030, that number will jump to 974 million (about.com).
With an increasing elderly population, an emphasis on fitness has become a priority for the majority of the population who will make up that 974 million, more specifically, the baby boomer generation.
According to Babyboomer-Magazine.com, every 7 seconds another baby boomer turns 50. And as the aging continues, so does the focus on maintaining physical fitness. “USA Triathlon had 58,073 members in 2005. This year, it had 134,932, and, despite their advancing age, Boomers make up almost one-fourth of that membership — more than 32,000” (AARP). A majority of the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon are Boomers as well.
Values have changed since the 1950s when Boomers’ parents were focused on providing for the family and maintaining a strong work ethic. Although these things are still important, the Baby Boomer generation brought about a shift in values, emphasizing health and fitness as avenues to excelling in life as well.
Cycling, running, swimming, and hiking are just a few of the ways in which this generation is continuing to achieve great health. This passion for fitness is affecting our current generation as well, as more and more 20-year-olds are following in their parents’ footsteps.
Only positive things can come from staying fit!