Research announced today (Tuesday October 1, 2019) – International Day of Older Persons – reveals that more than three quarters of over-65s do not meet the recommended exercise targets. This is despite the warnings that sedentary behaviour is linked to 70,000 deaths in the UK every year*.
A survey commissioned by local leisure operator, Everyone Active, which operates seven leisure centres in partnership with Westminster City Council, revealed 78% of over-65s are not achieving the amount of weekly activity advised by the NHS, which includes 150 minutes of aerobic exercise and two days of strength exercise**. Regular exercise can help to lower blood pressure and maintain stronger bones, muscles and joints, as well as lowering the risk of developing osteoporosis.
In response to this, Everyone Active has launched its ‘Age Is Just A Number’ campaign to engage older people in Westminster. Throughout October, it will celebrate its older members by showcasing their fitness stories and proving what can be achieved by staying active into later life. From Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November, Everyone Active is also opening its doors to everyone over the age of 65 to enjoy a free gym or swimming session at any of its Westminster sites including: Porchester Centre (W2), Marshall Street (W1), Queen Mother Sports Centre (SW1), Little Venice Sports Centre (W2), Seymour Leisure Centre (W1), Moberly Sports Centre (NW10) and Paddington Recreation Ground (W9).
Everyone Active is also on the search for a ‘face of older people’s activity’.
It is on a quest to find an individual who proves gyms, swimming pools and everything in between are there for people of all ages to enjoy. For more information or to make a nomination, visit www.everyoneactive.com/AgeIsJustANumber.