More Baby Boomers Play Extreme Sports and Take Their Lumps

Winter extreme sports like snowboarding, freestyle skiing and snow-kiting are becoming popular among Baby Boomers bored with the treadmill, but they’re also taking their lumps in order to participate. The Winter X Games, kicking off its 15th annual festivities next week in Aspen, Colo., have helped push the popularity – as well as the bruises.

Roughly 28 percent more Boomers report extreme-sports related injuries and discomfort today compared with three years ago, according to the makers of Flexcin joint nutritional products. The company fields more calls today from Boomers across the country who aren’t afraid to push their endurance and fitness to the limits by participating in a variety of sports outside the gymnasium.

“We’ve been in a dialogue with Baby Boomers regarding their health for almost ten years now, and never before have they been so involved with exercising than today,” said Tamer Elsafy, CEO and founder of Flexcin. “While we applaud their tenacity and spirit we also advise them to listen to their bodies and realize the importance of maintaining healthy joints and overall mobility.”

Today Flexcin receives plenty of inquiries from Baby Boomers who feel more aches and joint discomfort as a result of extreme sports. In analyzing all inquiries from Boomers in this category during 2010, majority of men experienced pain in their hands, wrists, shoulders and elbows; women had the most pain in their feet, wrists, hips and knees.

Baby Boomers are prone to joint degeneration through natural wearing down of the joints, which reduces overall joint mobility and results in discomfort and even joint replacement in severe cases. Active Boomers participating in fitness programs, including extreme sports, receive praise for leading healthy lives. But they should proceed with caution because of the sometimes-unavoidable discomfort from the wearing down of the joints over time. Flexcin helps maintain joint nutrition and mobility because it replaces the lost cartilage between the joints.

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