Unfortunately, the health outlook for boomers is far from bright. Despite a youth that spanned Jane Fonda workouts, spin classes and yoga, many are in poorer health than their parents, says Olivia Mitchell, head of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of Business. In a recent national health survey, many early boomers (those who are now in their mid-fifties to mid-sixties) reported difficulty walking one block or climbing a flight of stairs.
So what does it take to stay in shape? Just four healthy habits can help you live 14 years longer on average, according to a recent Cambridge University study: eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, moderate drinking and not smoking.
As longevity expert Laura Carstensen points out, if you maintain your health, you have nothing to fear from getting older. You'll actually leader a richer and more satisfying life.
Last updated February 11 2008: 1:33 PM ET