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Majority of over 55s failing to exercise regularly

Summary

Less than half of British residents over the age of 55 are listening to health advice and doing the recommended 2.5 hours of weekly exercise, according to Age UK.

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Less than half of British residents over the age of 55 are listening to health advice and doing the recommended 2.5 hours of weekly exercise, according to Age UK. The charity's latest study found that while 82 per cent of this group are keen walkers and 72 per cent are partial to a spot of gardening, the majority are falling well short of hitting national guidelines for exercise. According to wiltshiretimes.co.uk, researchers discovered that only one in eight regularly work out at their local gym, but this isn't to say that the group aren't interested in changing their ways. Over a quarter said they wouldn't be against taking a trip to their local swimming pool, while 15 per cent said they would be interested in visiting their gym. Many possible factors seem to stand in their way, though. Older folk may feel out of their comfort zone when working out next to younger gym goers - perhaps putting them off future visits. Then there's the location of the gym itself and possibly even the availability of certain equipment. A garden gym of course would solve this problem - as the homeowner could create a customised set-up and exercise at their own pace. Emma Spragg, head of wellbeing services at Age UK, chose to focus on the positives when talking to carehome.co.uk. She commented: "Exercise is good for your physical and mental health whatever your age, but it's especially important as we get older, so it's great that this research shows that people want to keep more active in later life."

Author:

Richard Towey

12th July 2012