16:01 20 September 2010
Forget 50 being the new 40, it appears that the middle aged generations even have the jump on 25-year-olds according to a new study.
Experts have worked out that a modern 50-year-old goes out twice a week, catches up with four friends and has three weekends away a year, which is much more than a 25-year-old would.
A typical 'nifty 50-year-old' is more sociable, happy and active than someone in their mid to late 20s.
The average 20-something, in contrast, heads out just one evening a week, sees three friends and takes two short breaks.
The survey of 4,000 Brits aged between 18 and 75 was carried out by Benenden Healthcare, a mutual society which provides for families and individuals.
A spokesman said: "This research shows those in their fifties certainly know how to live life to the full.
"The modern 50 year old spends more time than ever on things that boost their contentment in life and with life expectancy rising all the time, being middle aged is no longer a precursor to winding down.
"Those in their fifties are happier, socialise and explore more than those half their age and even appear fitter.
"Perhaps it's because people's priorities change over the years with those who are older making time to do what they want, and able to reflect on what they have or haven't done with their life and so playing 'catch-up.
"It's easy for twentysomethings to get caught up in the stresses and demands of a job, trying to get a foot through the door, but in doing so let other parts of their life slip by the wayside.
"It's important for people of all ages to maintain a good work/life balance and look after their health and wellbeing.
"But it's great to think that the older generation are showing the youngsters the way when it comes to enjoying a healthier and more exciting lifestyle.
"The over-50s are setting the pace well ahead of their younger counterparts. Being 50 is definitely the new 25."
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