How to get super fit over 50
The number of middle-aged exercisers has increased by more than a million in six years. The experts tell Peta Bee how to tailor your regimen as you get older
Two decades ago, the collective fitness levels of those over 50 might best be described as woeful. Fast-forward to 2023, however, and the trend has reversed in spectacular fashion.
The annual Sport England Active Lives survey, which questioned more than 177,000 people aged 16+ about their exercise habits, reveals how far the over-50s have progressed. From the data, Sport England estimates, there are almost half a million fewer active 16 to 34-year-olds than there were six years ago, but there are, it reckons, 1.3 million more active 55 to 74-year-olds and just over half a million more active people aged 75+.
“Age groups over 55 are not just back to where they were before the pandemic, but have forged ahead of that in terms of