Make gyms fun to attract the over 50s

Gyms should offer more “fun” sports such as tennis and martial arts to encourage the over-50s to exercise, a study has suggested.

Researchers argues that exercise should produce ‘”childlike joy” and warned older people were put by treadmills and rowing machines. They are much more likely to embrace exercise if they are passionate about a pursuit, rather than seeing it as a necessary chore.

Prof James Gavin, of Concordia University in Montreal Canada, said: “Exercise is often perceived as a necessary evil. When I go a gym and look around, I do not see lot of excitement or laughter. People are putting in their time almost as prisoners on their solitary workout stations.”

Getting Older People Physically Active conference takes place at Chesterfield FC on 4th November.




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