Healthier lifestyles and feeling happier about financial planning for retirement.
An increasing number of middle-aged Britons are getting healthier as they exercise more and eat better than they did when they were younger. Over 40s are turning to healthier lifestyles, with more than half rating themselves as more health-conscious than they were in their mid 20s, according to new research .
Nearly one in five (17%) of working over-40s say they are physically fitter than they were in their mid-20s, the nationwide study shows. And the fitness bug even applies to older age groups, with 11% of over 65s reckoning they are physically fitter than in their mid 20s.
Career, Finance and Relationships
The study asked over 40s to rate themselves now compared with their mid 20s and found 54% beleive they have a healthier general lifestyle now. However, being happier with their lifestyle than in their mid 20s does not necessarily translate into all aspects of their lives, according to the research which asked about career, finances and relationships.
Just 45% of over 40s feel happier about their financial planning for retirement than in their mid 20s, while a worried 36% admit to feeling less positive about retirement planning than in their mid 20s. Over 40s are most positive about financial security and relationships now compared with their mid 20s.
But being happier at work now than in their 20s and being generally happier is not always the case as findings show:
Less Positive About Retirement Planning
Growing older means changing attitudes, and it is striking that more than half of over 40s believe that they are healthier now than in their mid 20s, with nearly one in five claiming to be fitter. As people earn more and save more, it is good to see they feel more financially secure. However, it is worrying that so many are less positive about retirement planning, especially as many will be fast approaching retirement.
The commitment to healthier lifestyles does not always translate into taking exercise – around 30% admit they either rarely (if ever) exercise for 20 minutes or only do it once a month. However, a committed 22% say they exercise for 20 minutes every day.
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