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Physiotherapist offers exercise tips for boomers

Though baby boomers can benefit greatly from exercise, many are unaware that they cannot go about getting active the same way they did when they were younger. With that in mind, Canadian physiotherapist Gwen Rose has been committed to providing older adults with tailored ways to stay fit, The Globe and Mail reports.

Rose says there are a number of different things that boomers should take into consideration when exercising, but often don't. For instance, she says they should focus on doing warm-up exercises and add resistance training to their regimen to encourage healthy bones.

Despite the importance of exercise, baby boomers often feel like they don't have the time to go for a jog or hit the gym, especially as many are working into retirement. However, she says it can help quell many of the stresses associated with these responsibilities.

"So exercise is preventative," Gwen Rose told the publication. "Because with stress you can get chronic illnesses. Plus, by strengthening the muscles, it helps prevent injuries."

Of course, there are certain exercises that are better for baby boomers than others. When it comes to strength training, Fox News reports that some of the best options are push-ups, which are especially good choices for beginners. Additionally, resistance bands are not only an effective way to maintain bone health but are inexpensive as well.

You may also want to focus on your core by doing everything from crunches, reverse curls and other ab exercises. All of these can prevent back pain, according to Fox.

Homeowners at Sun City Shadow Hills have ample opportunity to exercise regardless of which way they choose. In addition to an 18-hole championship golf course, they can also visit the state-of-the-art fitness center which offers strength and cardiovascular equipment as well as classes.

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