Sport England's Active Lives Survey measures the sport and physical activity levels of adults (aged 16+) across England. The most recent survey looked at the period May 2020-May2021 and covers 12 months of restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including three months of full national lockdown, six months of significant restrictions and three months of easing restrictions.

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, 60.9% of adults are achieving the recommended minimum 150 minutes of physical activity each week, meaning 27.8 million people are gaining all the amazing health benefits from being active. However, the number of inactive adults has risen to 27.5% or 12.5 million people.

Overall, compared to the previous 12 months, there were 0.7 million fewer adults meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines of taking part in 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

In Berkshire the current activity rate is 63.8 which is a 0.9% decrease compared to the previous 12 months (although the change is not significant).

Bracknell Forest tops the county as the most active area in Berkshire at 69.2%; they experienced a huge 8.7% increase in activity levels compared to the May 19/20 survey. Reading also saw an increase but this change was not significant.

The results also found that over 24% of people in our Berkshire communities are considered inactive so are doing less than 30 minutes per week of physical activity, which is why the work that Get Berkshire Active does is so important.

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.

Sport England have also produced a specific Coronavirus report; if you would like to examine it, look at the latest results in more detail or find out more about the survey, visit the Sport England website. Or use the query builder to explore the results in greater detail.

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