Sport England recently published its survey – Active Lives, Active Survey, which found 27.7 million people – 61.8% of the 16+ population in England – are living an active healthy lifestyle. This means that people are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.
Whilst walking remains the most popular activity, with 18.6m people walking for leisure, there are 14.5m people who walk for travel – an increase of 423,000.
A notable feature in this report is the significant increase of 518,000 more people doing interval training sessions, such as HIIT classes, with 20% of people doing these sessions at home, and 75% in a leisure/fitness/sport centre.
In contrast, swimming and cycling have unfortunately both decreased in popularity, with almost 283,000 fewer people swimming regularly, and 93,000 fewer people cycling.
The report also found that older people are getting more active, with the number of 55-74-year olds meeting the 150 minutes guideline increasing by 1.3%, to 58.3%. This is a great result for the nation, considering we have an ageing population. Brisk walking, including hill and mountain walking, appears to be driving this upward trend.
At the other end of the scale, 11.5m people (25.7%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.
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