Men and women in their 50s rate sex more highly than those in their 30s, a survey revealed yesterday.
It found that after gardening and eating out, passion is the third most popular pastime for people in their 50s. For nearly one in five of them (18 per cent), it topped the list.
For those in their 30s, the most popular pastimes were going to the gym, eating out and watching television.
Sex came tenth on the list in this age group, with only 3 per cent rating it as their favourite activity.
The favourite pastimes of the over-50s reflect a trend towards simpler pleasures in tough economic times.
Traditional middle-age treats such as cruises and holidays did not feature in the top ten, while exercise did. Walking came fourth.