“The survey reveals that getting older doesn’t reduce our desire to be active . Just as with our financial planning, we need to start looking after our body and mind as early as possible." Dave Heap, QHotels Group Health Club & Spa Director
UK (PRWEB UK) 7 September 2017
Travelling, helping out family, spending more time on hobbies, volunteering and fulfilling a lifetime goal have been voted among the nation’s top activities they most want to do when they retire proving that age is no barrier when it comes to wanting to stay active.
The One Poll survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by QHotels Health Clubs, reveals over 67% of the public want to continue with fitness or sports interests to the same or to an increased frequency when they retire. With Helen Mirren, the Queen, Joanna Lumley and David Attenborough cited as their over 60 year old role models for living an active life in older age. However, the research revealed that 46% of people are not achieving the NHS recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week and strength exercises on two or more days a week with half of respondents claiming their current state of health and fitness is not good.
For those that do currently exercise the survey reveals that walking is the most popular form of exercise for a quarter of those polled followed by going to the gym (15%), running (12%), cycling (10%) and swimming (3%).
In addition, over 32% of respondents said they felt stressed very often or often. More women report feeling stressed quite often or often (38%) compared to 26% of men. People aged 18 to 24 years report feeling the most stressed (45%) compared to just 21% of the over 55s.
Twenty five per cent of people would like to retire before the age of 60 years with 31% of 18 to 24 year olds choosing this option. Over 63% see retirement as an opportunity to travel, 41% are looking forward to seeing and helping out family more often, 25% want to spend more time on a hobby, 15% on volunteering and 10% see it as a chance to fulfil a life-long ambition or goal.
With some 60% already having considered if they will be fit and well enough to participate in their chosen activities and interests, 52% said it would be useful to have a health & fitness retirement plan with over a third wanting it to start in line with work place pensions or more than 10 years before retirement.
Recognising the need for greater public awareness around the importance of planning for an active retirement, QHotels Health Clubs have devised a FREE Health & Fitness Retirement Plan which identifies what types of fitness and relaxation treatments people should be taking into consideration for each decade of life. They are also offering the public a FREE one-day gym pass to be taken at one of their 24 health clubs which includes personal advice from their highly skilled team of fitness and wellness professionals.
QHotels Group Health Club & Spa Director Dave Heap said “The survey reveals that getting older doesn’t reduce our desire to be active and achieve lifetime goals and with more time at our disposal, it’s the ideal time to be pursuing these interests. However, people need to understand that, just as with our financial planning, we need to start looking after our body and mind as early as possible. This way our retirement years will be much more rewarding.”