Over 60’s in Chichester are leading the way when it comes to keeping active, research from Nuffield Health has revealed.
Data collected by the leisure centre has shown that the average age for the most active gym user in the city is 73.
Whilst members in this age group were shown to visit the gym an average of nine times a month, those aged 27 visited an average of five times.
Geoff Sully, 70, from Nuffield Heath Fitness and Wellbeing Gym in Chichester, said: “I’ve had a lifelong interest in keeping fit and continue to visit the gym three times a week for classes, such as body balance, swimming and also do cardio workouts in the gym.
“It is important for me to stay healthy as I want to continue my active lifestyle and maintain a range of movement.
“As well as enjoying a good workout, socialising with staff and other gym members is also important to me.”
While there is often the preconception that life may start to slow down as people approach retirement age, the findings from Nuffield Health reveal quite the opposite.
Dr Davina Deniszczyc, Nuffield Health medical executive director, comments: “It is important for people of all ages to engage in active lifestyles and it is great to see that so many of our members are managing to visit the gym on a regular basis.
“As we age, the risk of serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes increases so it is especially important to make sure we continue to be active in order to lower this risk.
“We know that our members who have regular health MOTs see constant measurable improvements to their health and these are a great way for people to receive the help and reassurance they need to become more healthy, whatever their age.”
All Nuffield Health gym members are entitled to free Health MOT’s, which is a 12-point clinical assessment of overall health based on a series of checks such as blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and blood sugar, to identify any underlying health issues. These results are used to develop a bespoke set of fitness and lifestyle goals and to measure progress.
To find out more about Nuffield Health memberships or to download a free-day pass, please visit nuffieldhealth.com/campaigns/gyms/active