Activity levels in England were on course to reach record highs before the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit, according to the latest Active Lives Adult Survey.
The report shows that more than 3 million people across England were less active then compared to the same period a year before.
It also highlighted the importance of organised sport and access to facilities for specific groups, and that some groups found it more difficult to adapt to the new regulations than others.
During lockdown the government produced messages about getting outside once a day for exercise and how important this was for overall health. And people across England appeared to do their best to take this message seriously and stay active, despite the challenges to their daily lives, turning to home-based fitness, running and cycling in great numbers.
Walking was the most popular overall activity in the early weeks from mid-March, with more than 21 million adults walking at moderate intensity, while outdoor running was also popular.
Exercising at home also saw a boom compared to the same two-month period in 2019, as people were encouraged to get active indoors, with people like Joe Wicks proving inspirational online content.
In Lincolnshire 30.2% (or approximately 190,300) of adults achieved less than 30 minutes of activity a week, which is 3.1% lower than the national average.
Our active population (those that do 150 minutes a week or more of activity) was measured at 58% (or 365,300 adults) and fairly active (those achieving between 30-149 minutes a week) made up 11.8% of the population.
However there was no statistical change in inactivity or activity levels over the past 12 months, inclusive of lockdown, meaning that despite all the difficulties of the pandemic and lockdown Lincolnshire residents have not become less active than they were previously.
Broken down by district there was actually a statistically significant increase in activity in West Lindsey of 8.8% compared to the previous 12 months. And South Holland was able to move from less than 50% of its adult population meeting government guidelines in the last survey to 52.1%
Chief executive of Sport England Tim Hollingsworth has said the report reveals a picture of both the ongoing growth in activity levels across England before the pandemic and people’s determination to keep active even when they could only leave their homes once a day.
As the restrictions continue to ease Active Lincolnshire is dedicated to ensuring everyone in Lincolnshire has the opportunity to be physically active every day. We are working hard to help remove barriers, increase opportunities and reduce inequalities in access to sports and physical activity.