By Robert Raad
If you’re an active, healthy boomer—but at times you experience bouts of debilitating dizziness or a strong sense of spinning—chances are you’re feeling the effects of vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling of uncontrollable movement causing one to experience their environment spinning, resulting in dizziness or nausea for the sufferer. The symptoms may be ongoing or can only happen infrequently. Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, visual disturbances, and difficulty performing physical movements—even walking, can also occur.
What’s Really Happening?
Retired baby boomers with time on their hand are now considering taking martial arts whether it be karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, or tai chi. Though many have joined the softer and less aggressive arts like qigong or tai chi, a percentage of them are donning cotton white gis and attending karate classes. Some old timers in denial attempt mix martial arts till they end up the emergency room: Mind is willing but the body says no. Many that have decided to go back into martial arts after retirement are those with some experience, quitting, years back as lower ranking belts returning to finally earn the coveted black belt. Some do so after watching their kids through the years take martial arts but didn’t have the guts to take it then. For whatever reason, it’s something that baby boomers want to do now; a bucket list kind of thing.