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Retirees Rating Their Health Higher Than Younger Gens

Turning 50 no longer means that you’ve passed your prime in terms of health and fitness, with research revealing overs 50s are loving the fit life.

The study, commissioned by an insurance firm, showed 60 per cent of over-50 Australians are exercising at least twice per week, and placing a high priority on keeping the body feeling just as young and healthy as the mind.

Apia executive manager Geoff Keogh said growing older doesn’t necessarily equate to growing inactive.

“Exercise routines can be modified to accommodate injuries and different life stages, so there are ways to stay active, no matter what your age – and it seems our over 50s are putting some younger Australians to shame,” Mr Keogh said.

The study also showed that 46 per cent of over 50s are most likely to rate their health an 8, 9 or 10 on a scale of 1 – 10, in comparison to only 33 per cent of 25 – 34 year olds – showing a positive perception of both their minds and bodies.

Inspirational tennis champion, Gordon, 75, said that age is no barrier in accomplishing great feats, especially in sports.

“I recently won the singles in the NSW Seniors Tennis Championships. Having only started playing tennis in my 40s, I’ve found that you’re never too old to keep active, no matter what obstacles come your way,” Gordan said.

“I believe this is a real testament to what over 50s are capable of.”

As part of his commitment to his own physical wellbeing, Gordon also volunteers his time to give back to his tennis club, through mentoring members on the many health benefits that result from regular exercise.

“Having a bright outlook on and commitment to your health is important, I definitely have that. I’m feeling as fit and healthy as ever in my 70s and so are many of my great friends who I play tennis with at my local club,” he said.

Gordon hopes that his experience and commitment to health and fitness will help change misconceptions of age and encourage others to have a more positive outlook towards keeping fit.

“Its stories like Gordon’s that show that there really is no such thing as being ‘too old’ to stay fit and healthy – and make positive changes for your future,” Mr Keogh said.

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