Clover Health Survey Finds 61% of Charleston Seniors Exercise at Least Three Days per Week

Lowcountry residents over 60 show commitment to staying active with physical fitness rates above the national average


CHARLESTON, S.C. (August 1, 2019) — Today, newly released survey results from Clover Health revealed 61% of Charleston seniors exercise at least three days per week, for 20 minutes or longer per session. Nationally, only 51% of seniors report activity three or more days per week, putting Lowcountry seniors far ahead of their peers across the U.S. 


According to the CDC, regular physical activity is vital for healthy aging, as it can help delay, prevent or manage many chronic diseases. Further, just 15 minutes per day of brisk walking, cycling or swimming may help older adults live longer


“We’re happy to see a majority of Charleston’s older adults are getting the exercise needed to maintain an active lifestyle,” said Dr. Sasha Perez, MD, an in-network Clover physician from Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. “Even in the hot summer months, we recommend integrating movement into your daily routine — exercise in a gym, pool or fitness class are all great indoor options.”


For older adults in Charleston, the Clover survey also found: 

  • Married seniors are getting more exercise: 66% of Charleston’s older adults who are married or in a relationship exercise three or more days per week, compared to 54% of those who are single.

  • Lower income correlates with less exercise: Just 44% of Lowcountry seniors with a household income of $35,000 or less per year exercise at least three days per week, compared to 62% of those earning $35,000-$74,999 and 73% earning over $75,000.

  • Suburban and rural adults over 60 are more active: Only 55% of seniors living in the city of Charleston exercise three or more days per week, compared to 62% in rural areas and 63% in the suburbs.

  • Nearly a quarter of local seniors reported a sedentary lifestyle: While Charleston’s older adults are generally active, 19% of those surveyed do not exercise at all. 


As a Medicare Advantage plan committed to preventative healthcare, Clover partners with SilverSneakers®, the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, which provides workout classes, memberships to partner fitness locations, and online tools and resources to support a healthy lifestyle. Clover members in Charleston have access to SilverSneakers as part of their plan benefits. 


“We’re passionate about helping older adults stay active as they age, a mission that aligns with Clover’s goal to keep its members healthy,” said Steve Janicak, Healthcare Division President, of Tivity Health, the company that offers SilverSneakers. “With our variety of class offerings, from chair yoga to strength training to Zumba classes, along with our network of more than 16,000 fitness locations, it’s fun and easy for seniors to get the exercise they need to age healthfully.”

The study from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in the Charleston area. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.