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Latest Active Lives Findings Revealed

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:04

Latest Active Lives Findings Revealed

Today, Sport England released the latest round of results from the ongoing Active Lives Survey. According to the national results, more women, older adults and disabled people and those with long-term health conditions are getting active.

Based on data gathered from November 2017 to November 2018, a total of 498,100 more people (aged 16+) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines of doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week compared to 12 months ago.

In addition to the increase in people classed as active, the number of inactive adults – those doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week – has reduced by 185,000.

These figures mean that 62.6% of the national adult population are now classed as active, with 25.1% now inactive.

In the Humber 68.9% of the population do more than 30 minutes of exercise per week, compared to 70% last year. The results were as follows:

  • 56.2% - Active (150+ minutes a week) - a decrease of 2.6% on last year
  • 12.7% - Fairly Active (30+149 minutes a week) - an increase of 2.3% on last year
  • 31.1% - Inactive (less than 30 minutes a week) - a slight increase of 0.2%

David Gent, Active Humber CEO said, 'We already know the scale of the challenge we face to increase activity levels nationally and in the Humber, and it is an issue that won't be solved easily or overnight. The national figures are certainly encouraging, and we will continue to work closely with colleagues and organisations in the region to help to change the systems around physical activity, and also to help create the best conditions to allow people to change their activity behaviour'.

The survey showed that the activity habits of the nation continue to change. The popularity of walking for leisure and travel has increased, with numbers growing to 26.9 million. Fitness activities, driven by gym sessions, are the most popular activity after walking. Within this category, yoga and Pilates grew in popularity, while fitness classes like Zumba became less popular. Weight sessions have grown in popularity for women.

Adventure sports such as hill and mountain walking, climbing and orienteering also saw a significant growth. Swimming levels have stabilised after a period of decline, with peaks seen in outdoor and open water swimming during the summer heatwave of 2018.

But while ways of getting active are becoming more diverse, the research also shows that 5.5m people who are not currently active, don't feel they have the ability to be active.

To read the full report click here.

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