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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Good Life - now and then

Do you remember the 1970's sitcom The Good Life? Perhaps I'm showing my age by admitting that I do, although after finding out that it ran from 1975 to 1978 I'm pretty sure I must be remembering the re-runs!

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The characters in the show, Tom and Barbara, gave up the ratrace of a 9 to 5 job and made their garden into allotments to adopt a self sufficient lifestyle, much to the horror of their neighbours Margot and Jeremy.

Holland & Barrett have done a research into the lifestyles of 4000 people, half of which are 20-30 years of age now and half of which were in this age bracket in the 1970's when The Good Life aired.

There are some interesting, as well as surprising results.

10% of 20-30 year olds work out every day

32% of the 50-65 year olds admit to never exercising

yet body confidence has decreased :

only 2.5% of 20-30 year olds are happy with their body shape 

compared to 11% of the 50-65 year olds.


14% of 20-30 year olds say that they experience stress 

compared to only 3% of the 50-65 year olds

although having insufficient money was the biggest worry for both age brackets.

When it comes to starting a family 

73% of the 50-65 year olds said that between the ages of 20-30 was the perfect time to start

almost 50% of 20-30 year olds said that between 26-30 was the best time

Quite a surprising fact was that 

the older generation drank twice as much beer, lager and cider as the younger generation do today!

There are a lot of interesting results from this survey which concludes : 


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You can see the results of the full research on an infographic on the Holland & Barrett website here. The content of the infographic is for entertainment purposes only.



This post has been written in collaboration with Holland & Barrett

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