Physical activity is vital for American baby boomers, and electric bikes, which can ease adults into regular exercise, may be one of the best ways for baby boomers to both stay active and have fun. In 2018, 29.5 percent of American adults aged 65 and older reported doing no physical activity or exercise according to data from the Center for Disease Control published on the America’s Health Rankings website.‹ Go back to the blog
returning to physical activity after a prolonged period of inactivity,” the guide concluded.
Put simply, riding an electric bike is a relatively easy way to get physical activity, and what is easy is also more likely to be done, so that an electric bike may even encourage some American baby boomers to get physical activity.
Physical activity among American adults by state. Source: The State of Obesity.This represents a significant problem because physical inactivity likely contributes to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and many other health problems. For example, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s The State of Obesity project found that 34.3 percent of Kentucky residents were obese in 2017. That same year, a nearly identical percentage (34.4 percent) of Kentuckians reported being inactive.
Obesity is a problem in the United States. Source: The State of Obesity.“As we get older, physical exercise becomes more and more important,” wrote Ana Sandoiu in a Medical News Today post. “For instance, aerobic activity and muscle training have been shown to improve the psychological well-being of elderly people, and even a few minutes of light exercise can increase lifespan and improve brain function.” Sandoiu’s post was an introduction to a study published in the July 2018 issue of The Journals of Gerontology. This study found that even two weeks of inactivity in overweight, prediabetic adults could increase the risk of diabetes. All of this data and all of these reports tell us that American baby boomers should try to be physically active, but how do you do it?