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Geezer Gyms

Posted by vicki l.

If you're a baby boomer (as I am), you know that walking into a hot new gym where everyone's young, toned and strutting their stuff feels a just a tad uncomfortable. Well, you know we boomers weren't going to want to deal with that for too long! Enter the latest fad --- fitness centers just for the 40 and older crowd (with names like Nifty at Fifty!) For the longest time, senior fitness meant really low-impact activities such as water aerobics. But seniors nowadays aren't your father's (or grandfather's?) seniors. What do these clubs do different? Softer music for one, as well as air pressure-driven equipment for strength training instead of metal weights. When you consider that there will be more than 71 million 65-year-olds in less than 25 years, according to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, any health club would be wise to add some of those features. I still would rather walk and bike in the open (for free), but I think this is a good way to go nonetheless.
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