The baby boomer generation is known for a determination to stay hip, active, and healthy. However, a new report from the United Health Foundation indicates that the next generation of senior citizens will be sicker than previous generations. The research also reveals that while the current middle-aged population smokes less, baby boomers have a 55% higher prevalence of diabetes and a 25% higher prevalence of obesity than previous generations. To lessen the risks of such health conditions, it is imperative that boomers should take concrete steps to care for their health. One of the best ways to do this is to connect with nature, which has been shown to have various benefits for a person’s mental and physical health.
Why boomers aren’t healthier than previous generations
Boomers may think that they’re healthier than their parents and grandparents, but according to an expert, this generation is not as healthy as one may think. Dr. Dilip Jeste, professor of geriatric psychiatry and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of California, San Diego told Healthline that boomers were found to have less average physical activity than middle-aged people from previous generations. This generation’s sedentary lifestyle has been attributed to longer commuting and more jobs that don’t require much physical activity. Moreover, while boomers are smoking less, they have been found to consume unhealthy fare such as greasy fast food, sodas, and sugary juices, all of which can result in obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. To get healthier, today’s middle-aged population should eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and spend more time outdoors. Here are all the reasons why boomers should go out and connect with nature.
Being in nature promotes happiness
A research has found that people who walk for 90 minutes in nature are less likely to be depressed. Being in nature can also decrease anxiety and promote positive emotions such as happiness. Instead of walking aimlessly at the mall, boomers should go walking in a nice park or on a trail near the woods to experience the full mental health benefits of being in nature.
It helps you to be more focused
City living may be attractive for many boomers as an urban setting presents various options for entertainment and culture. But living in an urban area can also be distracting and can make it difficult to focus. Being in nature can improve your sense of focus and can even result in better performance at work.
It can improve your physical health
A study has shown that people who connect with nature are more able to cope with the stresses of daily life while also facilitating exercise. While spending time in nature can prevent isolation and gives you a sense of purpose, it can also contribute to longer lifespans among boomers by reducing blood pressure and promoting greater feelings of vitality.
For better health, boomers should take the time to connect with nature every week. Not only will it give you a healthier body and mind, but it can also promote happiness and improve your overall well-being.
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