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This Is The Most Active Age Group In The UK

1 MIN READ • 24th September 2021
Daniella Gray by Daniella Gray

New research conducted by Decathlon has revealed that this is the most physically active age group

New research by Decathlon of over 7,600 adults has revealed that over 65s are the most physically active age groups in the UK, with 44% taking part in sport eight times more in a typical month comparing to only 29% of 25-34-year-olds exercising the same amount of time. In fact, the next most active age group still fell within the older cohort. 41% of those 55–64-years-old said they participate in sports or exercise eight times or more in a month.

Nicola Barnabo, fitness sports manager at Decathlon, said: “The research shows just how engaged this age group is with exercise and the sheer number of times they participate in exercise over a month speaks volumes about their desire to have a healthy, balanced lifestyle during retirement. This could be down to over 65s today being more aware of the health benefits of exercise or the fact that the younger generation are less active due to technology advances.”

The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a monthly, national survey. For more information visit,

Top 10 sports over 65s take part in

    • 1.Swimming 38%

    • 2. Fitness/Gym 29%

    • 3. Cycling 21%

    • 4. Hiking/Trekking 19%

    • 5. Camping 11%

    • 6. Yoga/Pilates 10%

    • 7. Tennis 9%

    • 8. Fishing 6%

    • 9. Running 6%

    • 10. Horse riding 3%

Looking to get more active? Here’s our guide to what exercises you should take up based on your age.

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Daniella Gray
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Being able to write about everything that's important to me (exercising for mental wellbeing and delicious food, of course) to help people meet their health goals is pretty special. Before emails, I'm usually in the front-room with a dumbbell and on weekends, there's nothing better than the Kent countryside for a leisurely stroll.

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