UK healthcare charity Nuffield Health has found that its members
reaching the pension age and above visit the gym on average more times
per year than teenagers.
The charity analysed usage figures
of its 120,000 fitness and wellbeing centre members and found that gym
visits peaked at 66-years-old, having increased by four times each
decade. People in their sixties and above make more than 20
additional trips on average compared to teenage members, while those in
their seventies and eighties visit the gym 70 times a year.
According to the charity, more than a quarter (27 per cent) of the
total membership base are aged at least 50-years-old, Nuffield Health
managing director of consumer wellbeing Laura Kerby said: “Our fitness
and wellbeing centres have a very solid number of older members wanting
to maintain and improve their overall health and fitness. “The health
MOT these members receive means they are reassured that their fitness
activity has a positive impact on their health.”
medical director for consumer wellbeing Dr Sarah Dauncey added: “We
are living and working longer than ever before, so it is essential that
people are given the tools they need to take control of their own
Extract from BLOG on REPs website (10.3.12)
Nigel Comment :
This research only looks at gym attendance.
In our experience more mature "generations" are getting more active not
only within indoor models for exercise (the Gym/Studio/classes, and so on), but
also for outdoor classes & many aspects of outdoor sports > of course, including our
own rambling and Nordic Walking events, too (see images).