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Over 50s on the treadmill for love

28 July 2006
A recent survey from insurance provider Saga shows that over 50s who exercise regularly were as likely as those under 50 to pick up a date when at the gym.

An estimated 75,000 respondents over 50 said they had found love when working out, which gives those taking regular exercise an additional reason to visit the gym as often as they can.

Those taking regular exercise, particularly in later life, can benefit financially as well as physically through lower life insurance premiums and the fact that cupid may be waiting near the rowing machines could be an extra motivation.

"We have discovered there is a great demand amongst over 50s to enjoy the benefits of health club memberships, not least for the possibility to socialise and meet new people," said Saga chief executive Andrew Goodsell.

"In addition, keeping fit and healthy for today's over 50s is not about punishing workout routines. They take a much more holistic approach to health, focussing on eating well and relaxation, as well as exercise."

Saga is currently offering a David Lloyd Leisure two-week trial membership to encourage those over 50 to take up regular exercise.

The joining fee is waived for customers taking up the offer through Saga and includes a free health check to test blood pressure, bone muscle strength and body mass index.

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