Data found Baby Boomers – those aged 57-70 – were the most active, exercising for an average of 215 minutes a week.
In contrast, Gen Z – those aged 18-24 – were the most inactive, with a weekly average of 111 minutes of exercise.
The study also suggested a positive link between exercise and mental health with Baby Boomers rating their mental wellbeing higher than their younger counterparts.
The Global State of Mind Index, commissioned by ASICS, found Baby Boomers had the highest State of Mind score at 68 out of 100.
But in contrast, Gen-Z, who were the most inactive, had the lowest score at just 55 out of 100.
A follow up study of 2,000 adults commissioned by the brand looking into the reasons behind this ‘generational exercise gap’ found 38 per cent of baby boomers saw regular physical activity as ‘essential’ to remain connected to their peers.
And 82 per cent consider it important for their mental wellbeing, with more than seven in 10 admitting they realised this as they got older.
But for Gen Z, who exercise the least of all age groups, 56 per cent said they are time poor and struggle to fit physical activity around work and social commitments.
Other barriers for young adults when it comes to exercise included a not having the motivation (26 per cent), while 15 per cent felt they weren’t educated enough on how to stay fit and healthy.
It also emerged that baby boomers said exercise was their top hobby, but Gen-Z are more likely to spend their spare time watching TV (31 per cent), listening to music (30 per cent) or sleeping (25 per cent).
And as many as 63 per cent admitted there are some days where they just can’t find the motivation to get themselves up and out of the house, despite knowing they

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