Clover Health Survey Finds Only 48% of Nashville Seniors Exercise at Least Three Days per Week

Middle Tennessee adults over 60 are less active than their peers nationally, with nearly a third of older residents admitting to a sedentary lifestyle


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 1, 2019) – Newly released survey results from Clover Health revealed that only 48% of Nashville adults over 60 exercise at least three days per week, for 20 minutes or longer per session. Nationally, 51% of seniors exercise at least three days per week, putting Middle Tennessee seniors behind 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, getting just 15 minutes per day of brisk walking, cycling or swimming may help older adults live longer. Yet, nearly a third of local seniors reported a sedentary lifestyle – 32% said they do not exercise at all in a given week.


“As Nashville seniors age, we’re concerned to see that only half are getting the exercise needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche, an in-network Clover physician who treats older adults in Murfreesboro. “Even in the hot summer months, we recommend integrating movement into your daily routine — exercise in a gym, community pool or fitness class are all great indoor options.”


In Middle Tennessee, the Clover survey also found that: 

  • Senior men are exercising more frequently than women: 56% of male residents age 60 or older exercise three or more days per week, compared to 41% of women.

  • Lower income correlates with less exercise: Just 34% of Nashville seniors with a household income of $35,000 or less per year exercise at least three days per week, compared to 52% of those earning $35,000-$74,999 and 63% earning over $75,000.

  • City seniors are the most active: 55% of older adults living in the city of Nashville suburbs reported three or more days of exercise per week, compared to 46% in the suburbs and in rural areas of Middle Tennessee.


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 Nashville 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 Nashville region. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.