With the UK’s population expected to be made up of nearly a quarter of over 60s by 2040, a new study looks at ways to keep this ageing population active and stem heightened risks of age-related illnesses and conditions. The ‘Age of Activity’ report, compiled by David Lloyd Clubs, found that while 75% of the over 55s surveyed felt they would be classed as ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ active, their vision of what constitutes active was somewhat skewed.
84% said their focus was on activities such as walking and other exercises that were unlikely to really get the heart pumping and meet the ‘vigorous’ or even ‘moderate’ intensity required to truly make a difference. Yet, those over 55s clearly recognise the benefits of getting the required 30 minutes of daily exercise can afford. Not only do they recognise the positive health impacts (69%) and assistance in staving off medical conditions (21%), but also the positive impact it can have on mental health and making them ‘more positive’ (29%).
Aston spoke to TV fitness expert – ‘The Green Goddess’, Diana Moran and Mark Jerling, David Lloyd personal trainer to discuss the study and help Britain’s ageing population keep active.