Boomers Less Healthy Than Their Parents, TrekDesk Treadmill Desk Gets Them Moving Again

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A new study sounds an alarm bell regarding the nation’s health trends. Baby boomers are actually less healthy than their parents. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk hopes to get them up and moving again.

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It is predicted that the children of baby boomers will represent a generation with a lower life expectancy than their parents.

A new study, published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine, forebodes serious health implications regarding the direction of our nation’s health. It’s official. Baby boomers (individuals born during the post WWII boom between 1946-1964) are less healthy than their parent’s generation and face more health problems despite being blessed with a longer average lifespan. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk hopes to sound the alarm and get them up and moving again.

"Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," stated Dana King, MD, of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The data emerged after an analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HHANES) controlled for factors such as race and socioeconomics. The study found a 46% increase in diabetes, 38% increase in hypertension and an almost 6 fold increase in hypercholesterolemia. Disability levels were also shown to have increased with more individuals requiring walking devices and reporting work limitations.

Not surprising obesity was significantly more common among baby boomers (39% vs 29%). Cancer rates remained relatively the same with small advances in emphysema and heart attack rates.

What’s changed? Activity levels primarily. The prior generation also engaged in more regular exercise with 50% vs 35% of the boomers engaging in exercise more than 12x per month. "Given the link between positive healthy lifestyles and subsequent health in this age group, the present study demonstrates a clear need for policies that expand efforts at prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion in the baby boomer generation," the researchers noted.

“That is critical advice for our entire population,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “We have to start immediately to reverse the ill effects of our sedentary lifestyles if not for ourselves for our children’s sake. It is predicted that the children of baby boomers will represent a generation with a lower life expectancy than their parents.”

Despite landmark advances in medicine American adults continue to spiral in a downward health trend and though living longer are less healthy as they age. The common denominator appears to be the decreasing levels of physical activity brought on by the ever increasingly sedentary nature of work and leisure hours.

“Americans need to understand that their health is critically dependent on their individual choice to remain active each and every day,” stated Bordley.

Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk treadmill desk is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, reduce stress, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation. Wondering how to workout at work? TrekDesk offers the solution.

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