EVERYTHING on my personal health radar has to do with maintaining peak fitness for my age. That said, getting older is definitely not for sissies as my body reminds me daily.
And since Boomers are apparently healthier than Gen Xers (see #7 below), here’s my best advice for my younger friends:
- Never let your weight get out of hand (treat it like a life and death situation, because it is!) Every single aspect of my health has been dictated by my weight.
- Do something physical for at least 1 hour DAILY – workout/walk/ ride a bike/ take the stairs
- Keep your mind sharp: read books, learn new skills, seek out new and interesting people to add to your network.
Here are the 9 most important health trends I am currently tracking:
- 2 out of 3 Americans are either overweight or obese (Source: CDC)
- 1 in 3 obese people suffer from arthritis
- Obesity causes excess fat in the body which releases inflammatory chemicals that may play a role in arthritis flare-ups.
- Osteoporosis is a major public health concern for 44 million Americans aged 50 and older.
- The orthopedic industry is booming!
- Women who don’t exercise and who spend too much time sitting, are biologically eight years older than their counterparts who are more fitness-oriented!!!
- Physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get older, even at 80 years old.
- Exercise has been found to keep the cells “younger.”
- Get your flu shots people – even though this year, only 48% effective!!
- A recent study of 100 years of infectious disease deaths shows that only pneumonia and the flu are still dominant– and responsible for nearly 40% of all deaths from infectious diseases today.
Read on below for more health trends. I am especially psyched about FORWARD, the new tech-forward doctors’ office concept created by Google and Uber alums based on their first-hand medical experiences.