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The Difference In Fitness Motivation For Different Ages

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A new survey from global fitness brand Les Mills, shows the motivators for exercise have finally changed across the different age groups.

LES MILLS On Demand, the home workout app from the fitness giant, shows that Generation X (aged 41-55), are increasingly looking at the benefits of improving fitness, rather than weight loss as a key motivator for being active.

Similarly, Generation Z (age 25 & younger) and Baby Boomers (age 56-76) are more motivated by maintaining fitness. In fact, the only age group which are more motivated by weight-loss is the Millennial (aged 26-40) category.

The Les Mills On Demand survey of nearly 9,400 digital fitness users, who work out using the at-home online platform, found that other benefits like stress relief (77%), mental health (77%), improved fitness (76%) and strength-building (72%) are bigger motivators than weight loss (51%) or weight maintenance (49%).

With recent research from the brand showing that regular inclusion of programmes like the new generation yoga class BODYBALANCE, contributes to improved sleep quality, an increase in motivation and a decrease in tension and anxiety, it makes sense that multiple age groups are turning to exercise and fitness for more than just the aesthetic benefits.

Coupled with the new wave of body-positive instructors and social influencers in today’s media culture, it looks like digital fitness has helped shift the focus for fitness in the new age.

The Les Mills On Demand survey also shows that digital fitness is here to stay, with most users intending to carry on with digital fitness even when their gym reopens (84%).

With blended fitness as one of the key trends emerging in 2021, people can workout both in the studio and online, which means fitness has even more capacity to fit into people’s daily lifestyle now and in the future.

“During the pandemic we’ve seen a widespread awakening to fitness as an important foundation to overall health – one of the rare positive outcomes of COVID-19. This paradigm shift moves beyond aesthetics and sees more people embracing the physical and mental health benefits of fitness.” said Jean-Michel Fournier, CEO of Les Mills Media.

The group fitness expert behind classes such as BODYPUMP™ and BODYCOMBAT™ has reported an 800% increase in sign-ups to its LES MILLS™ On Demand digital fitness platform since January 2020, as hundreds of thousands of new users are using the platform to stay active in the face of COVID-19. 

Women are overwhelmingly driving the digital workout trend – dubbed ‘Fitness 2.0’ – with females making up 92% of LES MILLS On Demand users. Meanwhile, the science-backed workouts with options for all ages are also proving a hit with families as more than half of platform users (54%) have children.

“At a time when health is everyone’s top priority, the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated the adoption of Fitness 2.0 – an age where people can work out wherever and whenever they want.” said Jean-Michel Fournier, CEO of Les Mills Media.

Widely considered one of the top ten leading online and on-demand fitness offerings on the market, Les Mills On Demand enables users to stream, cast or download over 1000 world-leading workouts at home or on the go, including BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™, and BORN TO MOVE classes for kids aged 4 to 16.

The platform features the most popular Les Mills programs, presented by the world’s best instructors and supported by expert training guides.

For a free 30-day trial and to find out more about LES MILLS On Demand visit