IN PHOTO: People participate in an aerobics class at the gymnasium Reuters/ Juan Carlos Ulate

Gyms are often considered as places for the young and fit. However, the latest study by a leading fitness centre chain in the United Kingdom revealed that people aged between 70 and 79 work out more than the younger generation between 25 and 39 years of age.

According to the study conducted by the Nuffield Health, people aged between 25 and 39, on an average, visit a gym six times a month. The rate is still lower compared with the individuals aged between 70 and 79, who tend to visit a gym 8.5 times a month on an average.

The healthcare company reportedly has 75 gyms in Scotland and England. According to its records, nearly 10 percent of its 211,000 enrolled members are over 65 years of age. The study conducted by the Nuffield Health concludes by saying that the middle age of an individual now starts at 60.

The data by the company further reveal that areas including Sheffield, Edinburgh, St Albans and Glasgow have the highest numbers of gym members, aged 80 and 89, in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, 74-year-olds use the gym frequently in Leicester, with an average of around 14 visits in a month. Nuffield Health further claimed that older people are nowadays becoming more open towards a healthier lifestyle, with an aim to remain active throughout their lives.

“The fact that our older members are using the facilities more often than any other is hugely encouraging. We know that regular exercise reduces the risk of memory decline, muscle loss and heart disease. In fact, exercise is the super pill we've been looking forward to live happier and healthier through our later decades,” said Dr Aldric Ratajczak from Nuffield Health, reported The Independent.

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