Of these ‘fit over fifties’, 70 per cent claim they now do more exercise and pay more attention to their diet. They exercise four times a week on average, and three quarters eat the recommended ‘5 a day’ of fruit and vegetables.
Top five motivators
So what prompted them to exercise more? Below are the top five exercise motivators for our fit over fifties:
- Experiencing weight gain
- Looking forward to an active retirement
- Wanting to stay fit for grandchildren
- Exercise becoming an important part of social life
- A worrying health scare
Male and female life expectancy
With current life expectancy predictions (82 for today’s 65 year old man, and 85 for today’s 65 year old woman), set to rise further, it seems that staying fit and healthy in later life will become more important, and potentially even more rewarding.
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