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Boomers finding a bevy of ways to stay active

Healthcare professionals have long touted the benefits of staying active, and it looks like baby boomers and other adults are listening. The Daily Herald reports that many people over 50 in the suburban Chicago area are keeping active in a variety of different ways.

Among the most popular exercises are racquetball, cycling, basketball and tennis. One person in particular who is contributing to the growing trend of active adults is Marina Wray, who has been an avid cyclist for around 30 years. The 71-year-old Wray lives at Del Webb's Edgewater in Elgin, Illinois, and has helped spread her love of the sport by organizing the bicycle club in the community.

"We have lots of fun and usually try to plan to eat somewhere in the middle or at the end of each ride," Wray told the Daily Herald.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highly active, nonsmoking women over the age of 65 have a life expectancy nearly six years longer than women of the same age who smoke and are not as active.

At Del Webb communities such as Edgewater, homeowners have easy access to a number of amenities that can help them stay active, whether they prefer hitting the links or participating in some friendly bocce and tennis competitions.

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