Baby boomer gets black belt in Tae Kwon Do

Many baby boomers are pursuing an active lifestyle so they can enjoy a healthy retirement living and, as 60-year-old Thomas Nordstrom shows, it's never too late to start exercising and learning a new sport, according to

Four years ago, he began a Tae Kwon Do class with his 19-year-old daughter.

Baby boomer gets black belt in Tae Kwon Do She had to drop out of the class due to academic obligations and Nordstrom almost gave it up as well.

"I was about to say, 'I'm out of here,' but by the second class, I really started to like it," he told the news provider. He added that the strength and flexibility from the sport has also given him an edge in tennis.

Interestingly enough, Frank Coppola, Nordstrom's instructor, said that the boomer isn't his oldest pupil - he has one student who began Tae Kwon Do at age 41 and is now 83.

Baby boomers are expected to drive a new senior living trend of active aging. Approximately 10.5 million Americans age 55 and over now hold health club memberships and many of these facilities are beginning to develop age-specific classes to accommodate the needs of these individuals, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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