Going to the gym can offer seniors more than just fitness benefits.
In one British Medical Journal study, researchers found social activities may be as effective as fitness activities in lowering the risk of death. So for those who meet up with friends at the gym or build bonds in their workout class, they're getting a double bonus.
Social connections often weaken as people age because of retirement and friends passing away.
Health clubs can help build those bonds. Even seniors who don't plan a group trips to the gym may build social connections by default, making friends with those who are on the same workout schedule.