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Baby Boomers Need Personal Health Responsibility

Baby boomers need personal health responsibility

If we want to live long and be healthy, baby boomers need personal health responsibility.  I am doing this by exercising, eating better and working to be happier in my everyday life.  I have also been researching different health issues related to baby boomers and participating in online forums to better understand how the experts in fitness, nutrition and wellness view solving some of these health issues.  Here are some things that I have found to be very interesting.

1.   Lack of Personal Health Responsibility is the #1 Thing that Keeps People from Being Healthy

  • This can be seen in the extremely large population of obese people who suffer from diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and many other issues related to being overweight.
  • It can be seen in the large numbers of people who don’t take the time to exercise on a regular basis.
  • It can be seen in the large number of smokers, drug users, etc. It can be seen in the people who are diagnosed with a condition and then don’t take their medicine.

2.  Baby Boomers Need Personal Health Responsibility – It’s Not Always Easy

  • Judging people does not change their habits.
  • Threatening them with dire consequences might work, but usually doesn’t.
  • Everyone has different motivations and priorities.

I have used myself as an example in my research.  While I am committed to becoming healthier and happier, sometimes it is a difficult task.  As an emotional eater, I tend to run to ice cream and sweets when I have a bad day.   I still have trouble getting motivated to work out.  On the other hand, my husband has made working out a priority for over 30 years.  It fulfills something for him, where for me it is a struggle.

So, does this mean I, and others like me, are doomed?  Not at all.  What it means is that we have to keep trying. Baby boomers need personal health responsibility and here’s some tips to help you achieve it:

  • Understand that none of us is perfect.  Our commitment to be better is what will carry us over the tough spots.
  • Fun needs to be part of the equation.  In all my Facebook posts, the ones that receive the most attention are the health cartoons I post every Tuesday (  The more fun that can be added in the pursuit of being healthy, the better.
  • Be informed about your options to be healthier and make it a priority to make better decisions.
  • Understand that YOU are the obstacle that stands between you and being healthy.  Being healthy allows time with the grandchildren, children, spouse, and ability to have fun adventures.

I would love to hear feedback and experiences from others on the topic of baby boomers road to personal health responsibility.  Let me know your thoughts.

Chief Boomer Sue

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