Baby Boomer Sports: What's New for This Generation

on June 23, 2011

Stand-up Paddling

You’ve probably spotted many of Hollywood’s outdoor exercise-lovers rocking the stand-up paddling (SUP) trend, which involves standing on a long surfboard-like craft and using a paddle to propel yourself through the water. “SUP provides a cardiovascular workout, resistance training for the upper body and strengthens the core and hips by using them as stabilizer muscles,” says personal trainer and registered dietitian Jim White.


Sprint Triathlons

These races, typically consisting of a 300-1,000 meter swim, a 10-15 mile bike ride, and 2-3.1 mile run provide a full body workout and torch calories ... 1,000+ in a race. Athletes, even late-bloomers, run a surprisingly low risk of injury, though, thanks to the sport’s natural cross training aspect. “Swimming and biking are low-impact, and the amount of running required to prepare for a triathlon is less than a typical road race,” White says. Get your feet wet with machines at your gym, or Spry’s sprint triathlon training plan .

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Sculling or Sweep Rowing

Think rowing is a sport reserved for Ivy League athletes? Think again. “This no-impact mode of exercise provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, while strengthening the arms, back, core and legs,” White says. For a real kick, go for sweep rowing, where you’ll learn to work with teams of 8 or 4 on open water. Look for rowing machines at your gym, or seek out a rowing club in your area .


Barre Workouts

These ballet-inspired classes, which tout head-to-toe toning and trimming, are cropping up across the country. “Working on the barre allows you to target specific muscle groups, like the hips, inner thighs and glutes, improve balance, work the upper body, and improve flexibility,” White says. You’ll burn 327 calories in a one hour class.

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