According to the article, Paquette is “surrounded by Boomers who are running, cycling, swimming, boot camping – doing just about anything that will keep them fit, outdoors and among friends…And, it seems, prove something to themselves.”
Boomers make up almost one-quarter of the members of USA Triathlon, and more than one-quarter of the membership of USA Cycling, the article says.
I admire Paquette and the other athletes features in the article, but I have a different take on why they are doing it.
Sure, staying in shape is a motivating factor. But what about just having fun and enjoying our body’s remarkable ability to move?
The earliest generation of Boomers are just beginning retirement, and thinking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives.
After several decades building a career and family, they are looking for new opportunities and challenges.
Running, cycling, and competing in marathons or triathlons provides more than just exercise.
It is a chance to re-invent themselves and do something they love…with the added side-effect of staying in shape.
What is missing from the article are all the Boomers who are moving into their bodies without the competitive edge.
Yoga, Pilates, dance forms like Nia and Zumba…all provide the opportunity to move into the inner awareness and expression of our bodies.
If there is one common theme, it is this:
Boomers are choosing to ditch the drudgery of exercise, and embrace the joy of moving their bodies.