If you are reading this, you probably are one of the 75 million baby boomers in the United States. I wrote BoomerWalk to get you and tens of thousands (or maybe hundreds of thousands) of others just like you to become racewalkers. Here’s why:
Racewalking is highly aerobic. You already know that getting your heart rate up for an extended period several times a week is important for your cardiovascular system, weight control and many other general indicators of good health. Racewalking is great for getting your heart pumping. In fact, it’s so vigorous that you want to make sure your doctor says you are healthy enough to participate.
Racewalking is low impact. The joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments in our aging baby boomer bodies aren’t able to take the pounding they took in our younger years. After playing organized basketball for more than four decades, I gave it up because my knees could no longer take the running and jumping. Racewalkers don’t leave the ground, and I can racewalk for several miles six days a week and never have sore knees.
Racewalking offers competition if you want it. Many people racewalk because it’s an enjoyable form of exercise that offers numerous health benefits. Now that I’m a racewalker, I would continue for the health reasons alone. But I got into it for the competition. Racewalking has been an Olympic event for more than 100 years, and competitive racewalkers are formidable athletes who have gone 31 miles at a 7-minute-a-mile pace. Some compete past the age of 90.
That’s why you should take up racewalking. Join me and so many other fellow baby boomers in the discovery of this wonderful sport. It’s easy to learn the basics and enjoy racewalking, but mastery of the technique can be a challenge for the rest of your life. Get a copy of BoomerWalk and get off on the right foot.
Brent Bohlen, author of BoomerWalk
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Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver:
As with any vigorous activity such as racewalking, injuries can and do occur. Even death can ensue. Any person who participates in the racewalking technique, drills, exercises or other activities discussed in the BoomerWalk book or on this Web site does so at his or her own assumed risk. He or she also waives and releases, for himself or herself and for any heirs, executors or administrators, any and all rights and claims for damages against the author, publisher, Web master and all other persons identified in the book or on this Web site. Persons who plan to begin racewalking should consult with their physicians to ensure this vigorous activity is appropriate for them.