Sport England Active Lives Survey shows Activity Levels on the rise before the Coronavirus outbreak

By Charlotte Pedley on April 30th, 2020 - comments

Activity levels were on the rise and inactivity was falling before the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to the latest Active Lives Adult Survey by Sport England.

The research which was conducted in the 12 months to November 2019, show 28.6 million adults were active – i.e. doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week. This accounts for 63.3% of the nation’s population and is up 404,600 people on the previous 12 months.

The results also show there were 159,500 fewer inactive people – those not doing at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week – than the previous 12 months.

The report shows the increase in activity is being driven by rises in the numbers of women, adults aged 55+ and disabled people or people with long-term health conditions being active. These are all areas where Sport England have focused significant investment in the last few years with campaigns such as This Girl Can and We Are Undefeatable, as well as more recent work with Demos on their home exercise radio show 10 Today which supports the over 70s to be more active.

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England chief executive commented:

“That overall activity levels were at a record high across England at the end of last year is excellent news, particularly the strong growth among older adults, people with a disability and among those with long term health conditions”

At Active Lincolnshire we will looking in more detail at the statistics for Lincolnshire, to help us understand the behaviours of people in our local areas which will help enable us to support the current trend of increasing activity levels.

Visit the Sport England website to download the full report