A new long-term study, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that physically active Boomers can expect to avoid the physical disabilities that their inactive peers will suffer from.

  • The study, looked at 805 adults (between the ages 50 and 72 at enrollment) over the 13 years from 1989 to 2002. Each year, the participants answered survey questions about their overall health and vitality and rated themselves on their ability (or inability) to do tasks such as dressing, eating and reaching.
  • Study participants also reported their level of activity and were considered “active” if they exercised vigorously (running, brisk walking, swimming, biking, resistance training and/or hiking) for more than 60 minutes per week. They were considered “inactive” if they exercised 60 minutes or less per week.

While it isn’t surprising that the normal weight and active group had the lowest disability score, one of the most interesting results of this study was that the active yet overweight group had far lower disabilty than the normal weight but inactive group.

And with the leading edge of North America’s Baby Boomers about to enter their ‘senior’ years, it’s nice to know that this most fitness conscious generation will be reaping what they have sown.