In honor of National Physical Therapy Month and as part of the “Fit After 50” campaign, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and MoveForwardPT.com partnered with Huff/Post50 to determine the “Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America.” They collected data on the 50 largest metro areas of the US and identified the top 10 cities best suited for people aged 50 and older who want to live in environments that promote healthy, active lifestyles.
Congratulations to Boston! The city has been named #5 on the list of Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America.
Boston achieved the highest health and fitness score, proving itself one of the best cities for healthy, active older adults. In fact, the research uncovered some striking facts about Baby Boomers in Beantown:
- Of the 50 cities reviewed, Boston has the highest percentage of Boomers with health insurance, at nearly 95%.
- The percentage of Bostonians who reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their lives is 94.
- Diagnosed cases of hypertension (approximately 49%) are 4% lower than the average for all 50 cities researched.
- There are 103 gyms and fitness centers in the city.
- Life expectancy is 80.5 years, approximately 2 years higher than the average for all 50 cities reviewed.
- Of the 50 cities reviewed, Boston has one of the lowest hospital mortality rates, more than 10% below the national average.
- Boston’s population admits to not getting enough rest on more than 7 days in the last month.
APTA member Tim Busick, PT, clinical content product manager at HealthWyse and a local physical therapist, wasn’t surprised his city made the top 10 list.
There's no question that when it comes to Boomer health, Boston is one of the leading cities in the US, said Busick. “Boomers are transforming how we traditionally think of aging by staying mobile, and physical therapists are helping them do that. Boston Boomers could rise to the top of the list by making a conscious effort to get enough rest, which is a vital component of living a healthy lifestyle.
Busick recommends Boston Boomers continue to focus on fitness and exercise and talk to a physical therapist if they have any questions or concerns. Here are some tips:
- Regular physical activity can improve bone density, posture, heart and lung function, muscle strength, joint function, sleep, and memory, among many other things. In addition, getting toned often gives you a more youthful appearance.
- Sticking with a physical activity plan lowers your risk for certain health conditions, such as fractures, falls, depression, certain cancers, stroke, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Physical therapists support national guidelines, which recommend that you make aerobic, strengthening, flexibility, and balance activities regular components of your physical activity program. MoveForwardPT.com has more tips on staying active, fit, and healthy; to learn which exercises are right for you and your lifestyle; and to find a physical therapist near you..
- In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, you can make an appointment to be evaluated by a physical therapist directly, without a physician referral.