Walking on the up for Britain’s over-55s and we’ll show you why!

Apr 29, 2024

A new British survey has found a silver surge in walking has led to record levels of physical activity among the over-55s.

Figures covering Nov 2022 to 2023, showed that 62.3% of 55-74-year-olds did at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, up from 57% in 2016 when the survey was first commissioned.

More striking still was the rise in activity in the over-75s, with 42.8% considered active, up from 33.4% seven years ago.

Analysis by Sport England found that an increase in walking for leisure was behind the rising figures.

Just under 60% of 55-74s said they were regular walkers, up from just over 53% in 2016. Equally walking for leisure among the 75-plus age group was up from 43% to 49% over the period, while other forms of activity declined.


“There are now two million more active people in England since 2016 – two million more people that are reaping the benefits of an active life,” Tim Hollingsworth, the chief executive of Sport England who commission the Active Lives survey told the Guardian.

“It’s great to see that older adults are leading the way. This group have traditionally faced many barriers from taking part in sport but – like all of us – have so much to gain from physical activity.”

Now if you want to know what’s encouraging the Poms to get up and explore their wonderful country on foot you should check out our range of UK pack-free guided walks!

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These tours have been created specifically for Australians with limited time, showcasing the most stunning locations on each walk and avoiding the mundane, allowing you to achieve this walk in a more manageable timeframe.

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