Top 50 things people over 50 want to experience
“It’s great to see people of this age and older adopting a zest for life and fulfilling life-long ambitions."
By Lucy Brimble, 72Point via SWNS
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.
The poll of 2,000 adults over 50 found 47 percent have a new outlook on life as 62 percent 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 percent 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 percent) think it’s important to have aspirations with three in 10 more likely to fulfill these now they are at a later stage in life.
Reasons for this include having more spare time (62 percent), retirement (43 percent) and no longer having children who live at home (37 percent).
It’s also important for 73 percent to have these ambitions so there is something for them to aim for, while 35 percent 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 percent were able to achieve these during that decade.
Since getting older, nearly half (49 percent) 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 percent still consider themselves young - with 82 percent of those who agreed with this statement aged 75 or older.
And it emerged 66 percent of all those over 50 believe you are only as old as you feel.
More than three in 10 (31 percent) now find themselves feeling less bored compared to when they were younger, with 67 percent confident time is still on their side to fulfill life-long goals.
Interestingly, when it comes to winter sports holidays, nearly a fifth (19 percent) 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 vacation.
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 PEOPLE OVER 50 INTEND TO DO:
- Travel more
- Make new friends
- Pay off the mortgage
- Go to more gigs and concerts
- Downsize my home
- Master a foreign language
- Overcome a fear
- Move to the countryside
- Write a book
- Take up yoga
- Eat in a Michelin-starred restaurant
- Learn a musical instrument
- Move abroad
- Move to a different city
- Upsize my home
- Join a gym
- Buy my dream car
- Take up painting
- Start dating again
- Climb a mountain
- Get a tattoo
- Choose a new career
- Run a marathon
- Learn how to ballroom dance
- Buy a motorbike
- Get a personal trainer
- Do a skydive
- Get my kids to move out
- Try surfing
- Cycle a mountain
- Have facial cosmetic survey e.g., Botox or a facelift
- Get a degree
- Drive on a racetrack
- Ride a rollercoaster
- Get a six-pack
- Learn to swim
- Try online dating
- Take up samba lessons
- Learn how to fly a plane
- Get my kids to move in
- Take up skiing/snowboard
- Have liposuction or a tummy tuck
- Try hang-gliding
- Set up an Instagram page
- Swim the channel
- Try kickboxing
- Perfect a hand-stand
- Have a boob job
- Set up a Tinder profile
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