Sport England’s Active Lives Adult Survey measures the sport and physical activity levels of adults aged 16+ across England. Released once a year the most recent survey looked at the period November 2020 to November 2021. The report contains a full year of coronavirus restrictions.
At a national level
61.4% of adults are achieving the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week, meaning 28 million adults are benefitting from being active. However, there are still over 12 million (27.2%) inactive adults doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.
Significant inequalities still remain:
- Men are more likely to be active than women
- Those from lower socioeconomic groups are the least likely to be active
- Activity levels decrease with age, with the sharpest decline seen at age 75+
- Activity levels are lower for disabled people and those with a long-term health condition
- Significant inequalities remain for culturally diverse communities
When looking at the types of activities:
- Walking for leisure has continued to rise
- Active Travel and fitness have continued to decline
- Team sports have largely returned to pre pandemic levels
- Volunteering numbers have sharply fallen
- Adults engaging in sport and physical activity feel less lonely
At a local level
In Kent and Medway the results are similar. 61.8% of adults are active, 7,800 fewer active adults compared to the previous year whilst 26.7% of adults are inactive.
- Canterbury (65.5%) and Tonbridge and Malling (65.1%) are the most active districts
- Swale (33.2%) is the most inactive district
Active Kent and Medway are committed to tackling inactivity and reducing the inequalities in sport and physical activity across the county.