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Active Lives Adult Survey shows a record number of people are more physically active but inequality still remains


More women, older adults and disabled people and those with long-term health conditions are getting active, the latest Active Lives Adult Survey shows.

Based on data gathered from November 2017-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 adult population are now classed as active, with 25.1% now inactive.

The research also shows that enjoyment is the biggest motivator for the active while, for those who are not active, perceived ability has the biggest impact on how much they do.

For more information on the survey results click here or go to: https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-features/news/2019/april/11/record-numbers-of-people-in-england-are-getting-active/