Prescription for Your Health – Cross Training
If you’re like one of the many Baby Boomers that I see in my practice who is plagued by constant aches and pains, then the prescription for what ails you might be a regimen of cross training.
The aches and pains of aging have been recorded since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. These days, Baby Boomers who grew up with a solid program of aerobic exercise are finding that all that work may have paid off in their cardiovascular and immune system health, but it took a toll on joints that should have been given a breath years ago. The result we see in clinical practice is a combination of arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis which one researcher chose to call “Boomeritis.”
When this happens it’s time to give up your beloved morning runs and concentrate instead on an exercise program that gives all of your body a chance to work and relax. So, instead of running, jogging, or playing basketball, you should consider swimming, biking, or walking. The mixing and matching of exercise routines is known as cross training, and it appears to be the wave of the future for Baby Boomers who want to combine living an active life that includes exercise to stay in shape.
Remember, joint pain is no excuse to go to the couch and settle on a diet of ice cream and potato chips. Rather, it should be a signal that it’s time to add variety as a spice of life to your daily exercise routine. There are numerous newer exercise modalities such as spinning, Peloton, rowing machines, ellipticals, and ski machines that will take the edge off your aching joints. Remember, when outside or on a treadmill each foot strike is three to four times your body weight!
About the Author:
A highly successful Doctor with a practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jim is also an award-winning broadcast journalist who has served as the “on-air” medical expert for various Detroit radio stations, including: WWJ Radio in Detroit (CBS owned and operated), WJBK-TV (Detroit’s FOX network affiliate) and WKBD in Detroit. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical media industry, including nine years as a national radio medical expert for CNN.
Dr. Jim Bragman has 30 years of experience in private practice, and is also a clinical teacher of medicine at the Wayne State and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medical Schools.