Wednesday 28 September 2016

Older gym users 'visit most often'

Published 23/04/2015 | 13:56

Nuffield Health said the figures highlight the growing importance of fitness and health to the older generation
Nuffield Health said the figures highlight the growing importance of fitness and health to the older generation

Gyms might be the kind of places associated with fit, young people in their 20s, but a leading gym chain has said it is septuagenarians who are leading the way with the most work-outs each month.

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Nuffield Health said 72-year-olds are their most frequent gym-goers, making an average of eight visits, while those in the 70-79 age bracket go 7.5 days a month on average.

Those aged 25-39 go an average of six times a month, while the 20-25 age group category makes slightly more visits at 6.5.

The healthcare company, which has 75 gyms across England and Scotland, said the figures highlight the growing importance of fitness and health to the older generation.

It comes as a study was published last week concluding that middle age now begins at 60.

Nuffield Health said just under 10% of its 211,000 gym members are aged over 65.

In Scotland, the most frequent gym users have an average age of 75, while London has the lowest age of gym goers visiting the most, at 65.

Edinburgh, St Albans, Sheffield and Glasgow have the highest numbers of octogenarians gym members in the UK, while on the whole 74 year-olds in Leicester are the most frequent gym users, averaging 14 visits per month.

Nuffield Health's deputy medical director of well-being, Dr Aldric Ratajczak, said: "The sheer number of older gym users in our gyms speaks volumes about the desire of those in the UK to remain fit and healthy.

"The fact that our older members are using the facilities more often than any other is hugely encouraging.

"We know that regular exercise reduces the risk of memory decline, muscle loss and heart disease. In fact exercise is the super pill we've been looking for to live happier and healthier through our later decades."

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