Sport England latest Active Lives Adults survey results demonstrate that more women, older adults, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions are getting active.
The results based on data gathered from November 2017-November 2018 show more people are doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (recommended by the Chief Medical officers guidelines) 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.
This 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.
Figures also show an increase of 133,200 in the number of disabled people and those with long-term health conditions classed as active – the first increase in this category since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – with gym sessions showing the biggest growth.
Cerebral Palsy Sports 2017-2020 project ‘Start and Stay Active’ has contributed to the increase in disabled people becoming more active. The ‘Start’ element of the project ensures that there are appropriate opportunities for people with CP and associated physical impairments to access sport and activity. The ‘Stay’ element is there to support people to continue to participate in sport and activity, developing a resilient habit for life.
To find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sports Start and Stay Active project click here
To read the Active Lives Adults report click here