Keep on moving: Understanding physical inactivity among 50-70 year olds
This report explores the experiences, barriers and motivations for physical activity among people in their 50s and 60s.
Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for poor health and disability in later life even before the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, lockdowns and restrictions on social activity mean that many people are less active than ever before.
We commissioned a research project to find out more about the complex practical, psychological, and emotional barriers that mean many people don't become more active. We looked at the existing research base and spoke to people in this age group about their activity levels.
Barriers to physical activity need to be addressed in local areas, using a whole systems approach to support physical activity in the community. The UK's ageing population means society needs to take rapid action to improve people’s physical activity levels, so that we are all able to enjoy our longer lives.