One million more active in England
Posted: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:38
New Active Lives Adult Survey results also show evidence of the positive impacts of activity on mental health.
The highest ever levels of activity have been recorded by Sport England's latest Active Lives Adult Survey, with 1 million more people physically active than when the survey began.
Based on data gathered from 180,000 respondents (aged 16+) in the 12 months from May 2018 to May 2019, 1,015,700 more people are active compared to when the survey started, in 2015.
That takes the total number of active people – those doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week – up to 28.6 million.
The number of inactive people – doing fewer than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week – is down to 11.2 million, a decrease of 131,700 since 2015 and the lowest figure ever recorded by the survey.
The results show that this improvement has been driven by women and older adults (aged 55+) – groups Sports England have focused on in their Towards an Active Nation strategy, with campaigns such at This Girl, a £10 million fund for projects that support people aged 55+ to get active and by supporting new opportunities for running such as our £3 million investment into parkrun.
For women, weights, interval and gym sessions have seen a significant increase in popularity, while there are 142,000 fewer inactive women than 12 months and an additional 254,200 more active women – taking the figures to 5,948,100 and 14,103,900, respectively.
While for older people, running, weight sessions and gym sessions have grown in popularity, with 100,700 fewer inactive adults aged 55+ and an additional 506,700 more active in the last 12 months – leading to totals of 5,592,400 and 9,137,800, respectively.
The report also makes clear the mental health benefits of being active. When asked to rate their mental health on a scale of 0-10, active people reported feeling:
- More satisfied with their lives
- More likely to feel the things they do in life are worthwhile
- Less anxious.
To read teh full report, click here.