The average 50-something is fitter and healthier than they were in their mid-20s, a report revealed yesterday.
They have better diets, take more exercise and have increased free time to focus on their health.
More than 70 per cent of over-50s do more exercise than when they were younger, the report found.
A similar number now pay more attention to their diet, with a dramatic decrease in the number of take-aways and ready meals they eat.
Only a fifth of them said they would have consumed the recommended amount of fruit and veg a day while in their 20s, compared to an impressive 75 per cent today.
Spokesman Louise Withy said: 'It's great that so many people feel so fit in their fifties and above.
'It challenges many of the preconceptions around ageing and is good news when we consider that in light of increased life expectancy, many more of us will be spending a larger proportion of our life over 50.'
Seven in ten of those who felt healthier put it down to a better awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
And one in five over-50s even said they felt more energetic and enjoyed more of a zest for life than in their 20s
The study of 1,500 over-50s was carried out by finance firm Engage Mutual.
Ms Withy added: 'The fifties can be a time when many people reflect on their health and consider their longevity.
'Children moving away from home, and winding down at work can provide the space to address their own needs and where required, adjust lifestyles and introduce a healthier routine.
'For some, turning fifty can be a new beginning.'