The top activities for the over 50s revealed in new study

A study has revealed people over 50 are becoming more daring with their hobbies and interests – with marathons, hand-gliding, and getting a tattoo among the top 50 things they want to experience.

Lucy Brimble
Tuesday 24 January 2023 18:01 GMT
Whether taking up skiing or conquering a mountain more people over 50s are keen to embrace new challenges
Whether taking up skiing or conquering a mountain more people over 50s are keen to embrace new challenges (72Point)

A poll of 2,000 adults over 50 found 47 per cent have a new outlook on life as 62 per cent are keen to embrace things more now than they used to.

Writing a book, taking up skiing, and conquering a mountain are among the things on their list after 53 per cent firmly believe “age is just a number”.

While becoming fluent in a new language, running a marathon, and finally learning an instrument they’ve always wanted to play also feature.

Ryan Howsam, founder and CEO at Staysure, which commissioned the survey, said: “We all know being 50 isn’t old, but most of us regard it as one of life’s milestones.

“It’s great to see people of this age and older adopting a zest for life and fulfilling life-long ambitions.

“As the research suggests, this is because they now have more time for themselves and feel ready to take on new challenges."

More than half (52 per cent) think it’s important to have aspirations with three in 10 more likely to fulfil these now they are at a later stage in life.

Reasons for this include having more spare time (62 per cent), retirement (43 per cent) and no longer having children who live at home (37 per cent).

It’s also important for 73 per cent to have these ambitions so there is something for them to aim for, while 35 per cent are keen to show people that there are no restrictions once you turn the big 5 0.

What’s more, a quarter said their 20s was when they had the most life ambitions but only 14 per cent were able to achieve these during that decade.

Since getting older, nearly half (49 per cent) have gained a new perspective on things – making them more driven to achieve their ambitions and try new experiences.

The OnePoll study also found a third are considered by others as someone who embraces life and is not afraid to do something new.

Encouragingly, 71 per cent still consider themselves ‘young’ – with 82 per cent of those who agreed with this statement aged 75 or older.

And it emerged 66 per cent of all those over 50 believe you are only as old as you feel.

More than three in 10 (31 per cent) now find themselves feeling less bored compared to when they were younger, with 67 per cent confident time is still on their side to fulfil life-long goals.

Interestingly, when it comes to winter sports holidays, nearly a fifth (19 per cent) believe there is no age limit when taking up such activities, with a tenth feeling liberated when they get on a pair of skis.

Due to these findings, and with ski season now in full flow, Staysure has decided to trial a ski school for the over-50s to promote its ‘no upper age limit’ winter sports cover.

It champions skiers of every age and equips them with all the skills and advice they need before hitting the slopes and embarking on a winter sports holiday.

Ryan Howsam added: “We hope our brand-new ski school demonstrates that age should never limit one’s sense of adventure, and you are never too old to try new things.

“Age shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying something they’re passionate about or block them from trying out new things.”

Top 50 activities over 50s intend to do:

  1. Travel more
  2. Retire
  3. Make new friends
  4. Pay off the mortgage
  5. Go to more gigs and concerts
  6. Downsize my home
  7. Master a foreign language
  8. Overcome a fear
  9. Move to the countryside
  10. Write a book
  11. Take up yoga
  12. Eat in a Michelin-starred restaurant
  13. Learn a musical instrument
  14. Move abroad
  15. Move to a different city
  16. Upsize my home
  17. Join a gym
  18. Buy my dream car
  19. Take up painting
  20. Start dating again
  21. Climb a mountain
  22. Get a tattoo
  23. Choose a new career
  24. Run a marathon
  25. Learn how to ballroom dance
  26. Buy a motorbike
  27. Get a personal trainer
  28. Do a skydive
  29. Get my kids to move out
  30. Try surfing
  31. Cycle a mountain
  32. Have facial cosmetic survey e.g. Botox or a face lift
  33. Get a degree
  34. Drive on a racetrack
  35. Ride a rollercoaster
  36. Get a six-pack
  37. Learn to swim
  38. Try online dating
  39. Take up samba lessons
  40. Learn how to fly a plane
  41. Get my kids to move in
  42. Take up skiing / snowboarding
  43. Have liposuction or a tummy tuck
  44. Try hang-gliding
  45. Set up an Instagram page
  46. Swim the channel
  47. Try kickboxing
  48. Perfect a hand-stand
  49. Have a boob job
  50. Set up a Tinder profile

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