A new study conducted for retirement village specialist Rangeford Villages by Censuswide of UK retirees aged between 65 to 80 years shows that 65.11% of senior citizens are wearing fitness wearables to ‘track daily steps’, while 40.19% are using them to ‘monitor physical activity levels’.

According to the survey, more and more senior citizens are considering using a fitness wearable or tracker, such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin to track their health and fitness, with 38.72% thinking about purchasing one.

The findings build on existing research that shows how exercise helps keep our brains sharp as we age. According to a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, brisk walking – typically defined as going around three miles per hour – may reverse the signs of ageing.

Homewood Grove provides the perfect base to explore Surrey and its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in leafy countryside 1.5 miles to the west of Chertsey, the brand-new lifestyle community for the over 60s is conveniently located to enjoy the many attractions that Surrey has to offer. Located near to the village are several incredible walks that residents can enjoy, all which are less than 30 minutes’ drive from the integrated retirement village.

1. Homewood Park – Stroll out of Homewood Grove into neighbouring Homewood Park, which offers 23 hectares of nature trails, pathways suitable for wheelchairs, cycle routes, horse trails and woodlands surrounding the Grade II listed Botley Manor Mansion.
Located a 3-minute drive away from Homewood Grove.
2. Chobham Common, Chobham, Woking – The largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England, and one of only four National Nature Reserves (NNR) in Surrey . It can be visited by residents and their families any time of year to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, wide open spaces and many trails.
Located an 8-minute drive away from Homewood Grove.
3. Virginia Waters, Runnymede – Originally conceived as a Royal pleasure ground, Virginia Water lies at the Southern edge of Windsor Great Park. The two-mile-long lake is great to visit all year round, and a popular attraction for residents. It also includes a café and garden kitchen.
Located a 10-minute drive away from Homewood Grove.
4. The Long Walk, Windsor – One of the most recognisable walks in the area surrounding Chertsey, the Long Walk is a 2.64-mile-long stretch. With views of the Castle, it makes for the perfect day out when friends and family are visiting residents.
Located a 25-minute drive away from Homewood Grove.
5. Bushy Park, Richmond – Set over 1000 acres, and home to wild deer, this park makes for a great historic day out. History was made in Bushy Park when the D-Day landings were planned from a military base set up here, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. So, look out for the plaque that marks the former site of his office!
Located a 25-minute drive away from Homewood Grove.
6. Strawberry Hill House and Gardens, Twickenham – Beginning life as a modest house in 1698 it was transformed into ‘a little Gothic Castle’ by Horace Walpole, third son of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, in the 18th century. He doubled its size, creating Gothic rooms and adding towers and battlements. It’s now internationally famous as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival. The gardens are free to visit and make for a wonderful space for family, picnics, learning and relaxing.
Located a 30-minute drive away from Homewood Grove.

Speaking about the convenient location of Homewood Grove, Beccy Gunn, the Village Manager said: “The simple activity of walking has so many powerful health benefits. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, boost muscle power, build stamina and endurance.

“And we are so lucky that Homewood Grove is located near some of the most scenic and luxurious walks in England. All these areas of interest make for lovely days out for the residents to enjoy with each other and when their families and friends come to visit.”