Forget OAPs, today’s over 60's are truly a ‘Why Not’ generation as they party the night away, enjoy trying new experiences and spend plenty of downtime relaxing. While this might sound like the average weekend for a 30-year-old, according to a new survey we recently conducted, it’s actually the average lifestyle for over 60’s as they enjoy letting loose in later life.
The findings showed that over 60's have a much younger outlook on life than their biological age, with nearly half (44%) claiming they feel between 10-15 years younger than they actually are. Fully embracing all that life has to offer, this age group is making the most of their twilight years with going on holiday (16%) and visiting a new country (12%), a number one priority for them over the next 10 years. ‘Generation Why Not’ also admitted to trying out more new experiences, such as learning to fly a plane, parascending, learning to ride a motorbike and white-water rafting.
Alongside celebrity ambassador Janet Ellis, we commissioned the research to encourage adults over the age of 60 to embrace the outdoors and get outside, in a bid to not only reconnect with nature but also stay active. Alarmingly, two thirds of the over 60’s we spoke to said they don’t exercise regularly and 65% don’t achieve the recommended 10,000 steps per day, demonstrating that while ‘Generation Why Not’ may feel young at heart, they need to balance their wellbeing with fitness.
Janet Ellis said: "As someone who is just 62 years young, I'm enjoying all life has to offer. Some of my favourite activities include going on walking holidays and hiking, anything where I'm outside being active. 60 really isn't old, so it's great to see 'Generation Why Not' dispelling the stereotypical views of this age group. The truth is, we're all having more fun, being more adventurous and trying new things, which is fantastic! However, it's important that as part of this, we remember to get outdoors in the fresh air, keep fit and active, whilst keeping our mind and our souls happy too.
"It seems this is especially important given that these findings showed 79% of us suffer with joint or bone pain, with knee (22%), hip (10%) and neck pain (7%) all ranking top in the list of ailments experienced by the UK's over 60's."
At Camping in the Forest, we don’t think age should be a barrier to getting outside and living life to the full. It’s great to see this age group take on an active social life, but it’s important that as part of this, they remember to get outdoors in the fresh air and stay as fit and active as possible. Getting outside not only has a series of health impacts – both physically and mentally – but it also helps you reconnect with nature.
Most adventurous things done by adults when they turn 60 (as revealed by survey respondents):-
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