More and more Baby Boomers are engaging in regular physical activity. However, improved fitness levels may come at a painful price. According to the March issue of the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource, an increasing number of people aged 50–60 are suffering exercise-related injuries. This rash of injuries has given rise to a new term, boomeritis, coined by the Mayo Clinic. The most common injuries associated with boomeritis include tendonitis, bursitis, stress fractures and tendon tears. To combat injury potential, Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource cautions Boomers to obtain a doctor’s approval prior to exercise; to warm up and stretch regularly; to vary exercise modalities; to exercise throughout the week instead of solely on weekends; to include rest days after intense exercise; and to progress slowly.
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