Sport England's Active Lives Survey measures the sport and physical activity levels of adults (aged 16+) across England. The last survey looked at the period November 2018-November 2019.
The Active Lives Survey allows us to gain a picture of what's happening in England, as well as enabling us to see how we measure up in Berkshire. The survey provides reports showing us how active people are in different areas and how these levels have changed, who within our county is not managing to be as active as we would like and how many adults are giving back to their communities by volunteering. Throughout England, less women are active than men, being inactive is more likely if you have a disability and people become less active with age.
In England, 63.3% of adults are achieving the recommended minimum 150 minutes of physical activity each week and gaining all the amazing health benefits from it. This is up 404,600 people on the previous 12 months
In Berkshire the current rate is 64.7%. 12 months ago it was 66.2% so the numbers of active people have declined a little; some have become a little less active and are now 'fairly active' so doing 30-149 minutes per week and others have moved into the 'inactive' group doing less than 30 minutes of activity per week. Wokingham now tops the county as the most active area in Berkshire. The survey does show that over 22% of people in our communities in Berkshire are not doing any, or enough, sport and physical activity, which is why the work that Get Berkshire Active does is so important.
Berkshire is doing well when it comes to volunteering. Nearly 16% of people in Berkshire had helped out with sport or physical activity twice in the past year which is higher than the rate for England and the South East.
As most of us know, physical activity is so important to individuals in terms of their physical and mental health; it can decrease the risk of many chronic conditions such as cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes and can make a positive impact upon reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as enhancing self-esteem and well-being. There are also many benefits of sport and physical activity both socially and culturally, bringing people together and creating social groups. Participation has shown to improve numeracy in children, reduce crime and strengthen community identity.
To find out more about Sport England's vision to get more people engaged in sport and physical activity have a look at their strategy 'Towards and Active Nation'.
If you would like to examine the results in more detail and to find out more about the survey, visit the Sport England website.