Sport England have published the first figures from their new Active Lives survey, giving new insight into how people get active across the nation.
The survey, which runs 365 days a year, asks people over 16 across England about the sport and physical activities they take part in. Results will be published twice a year.
The first round of the survey was completed by 200,000 people between November 2015 and November 2016, making Active Lives the biggest most comprehensive survey of its kind.
Key statistics include:
- The number of adults who do less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport and physical activity per week
- The number of adults who do 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity sport and physical activity a week, meeting the guidelines recommended by the Chief Medical Officer
- The most popular types of activity
In line with the Government’s new strategy for sport and physical activity, many different types of activity are now included – such as walking, cycling for travel and dance – reflecting the full range of what people actually do.
Sessions are only included in the figures if they are done at least at ‘moderate intensity’, which means raising your heart rate and getting a little out of breath.
Levels of activity
Figures from Active Lives survey show 25.6 per cent of adults are currently inactive. There are some big differences within these numbers.
People in the highest socio economic groups tend to be more active than those in the lower groups and you’re significantly more likely to be inactive if you’re over 55.
Fifty-one per cent of disabled people with three or more impairments are inactive, compared to 21 per cent of people without disabilities.
In contrast, 60.7 per cent of adults (or 27 million) do at least 150 minutes of activity per week, meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for weekly activity.
More men than women are physically active, especially in sporting activities.
The figures show enormous role that walking, fitness activities and playing sport have in people’s lives, with many people doing several different things to add up to an active lifestyle.
The insight shows that 89,300 people played Rounders at least twice in the past 28 days. Volleyball closely followed with 75,700 people playing along with 21,300 people playing Baseball or Softball at least twice in the last 28 days.
You can read Sport England’s full report here.