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Posted: Tue, 26 May 2020 10:00 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 6: 8-11 May

With little change in the figures, home-based activity reduced and the gender gap remains with men more likely to be doing 30 minutes of activity a day, five times a week, and women more likely to be doing less activity than normal.

  • 37% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 33% did more
  • 64% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 70% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 61% using it to manage their mental health
  • 63% of adults walked in the last week, 19% jogged, 13% cycled and 43% did home-based activity
  • 30% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 22% are doing more than an hour.

As the survey covering the initial phase of government restrictions comes to an end, it is clear that inequalities from activity levels pre-coronavirus, are maintained and even strengthened during the pandemic.

Men have been more likely to do more activity than women, while greater affluence as appears to correlate with greater activity levels and those from black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to be active during the pandemic.

On a positive note, people's attitude towards activity appear to be improving, with Week 6 seeing the highest level of people considering activity more important now than pre-coronavirus.

Also, the number of people walking and cycling has increased over the first six weeks of the survey, and while home-based activity reduced in Week 6, that could be attributed to the improved weather.

Data from c. 2,000 respondents was weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade.

Full data tables can be found on the Savanta ComRes website.

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Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 09:10 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 5: 1-4 May

Activity levels are relatively unchanged for adults and children, with the gender gap persisting, but home-based activity has increased and attitudes around activity have also improved.

  • 36% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 35% did more
  • 61% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 67% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 62% using it to manage their mental health
  • 61% of adults walked in the last week, 19% jogged, 13% cycled and 48% did home-based activity
  • 35% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 19% are doing more than an hour.

Overall, there has been a decrease in the number of people doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical on no days during the week.

And while the gender gap persists in terms of the number of people doing at least 30 minutes of activity on five or more days a week, the figures for each gender saying they're doing more, or less, than usual are much closer this week.

Home-based activity levels also improved this week and is up to its highest level yet at 48%.

And while there has been a steady increase over the course of the survey in people saying they are finding new ways to get active, 84% of gym or leisure centre members says they're likely to resume their membership when facilities reopen.

Tags: COVID-19, Insight, Sport England

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020 14:35 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 4: 24-27 April

Adults are reporting consistent physical activity levels over the period of the restrictions, however, more people now feel they're doing more, as opposed to less, physical activity than usual.

34% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 35% did more
59% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
66% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 62% using it to manage their mental health
61% of adults walked in the last week, 20% jogged, 11% cycled and 41% did home-based activity
35% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 18% are doing more than an hour.
The gender gap is widening, with 38% of females reporting being less active than usual, compared to 30% of males.

Home-based activities are continuing to decline, while outdoor activities continue to grow, but people may be losing the motivation to be active.

Fewer people are reporting exercise as enjoyable and satisfying, fewer agree that regular exercise is important to them and fewer are feeling guilty when they don't exercise. Conversely, fewer people feel guilty about wanting to exercise during the outbreak.

Inequalities in activity levels persist, with women, older people, people on low incomes, people living alone, people without children in the household, people with a long-term health condition, people without access to private outdoor space and people self-isolating because they're at increased risk, all finding it harder to be active.

Tags: COVID-19, Insight, Sport England

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2020 15:30 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 3 17-20 April

Adults continue to report similar levels of physical activity, but there's an emerging gender gap, with more males likely to be exercising more than usual, than females.

  • 38% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 34% did more
  • 63% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 70% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 63% using it to manage their mental health
  • 60% of adults walked in the last week, 19% jogged, 12% cycled and 45% did home-based activity
  • 36% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 14% are doing more than an hour.

There's an emerging gender gap as males are more likely to be exercising more. In this wave, more males report doing more (37%) than less (35%) physical activity compared to usual – a significant change from week 1 where 29% said more and 43% said less.

Female activity levels have not changed (currently 32% more, 41% less), where participation in 30 minutes of physical activity on at least five days in the last week has fallen from week 1 (35% to 29%).

We've also seen a decline in online exercise (23% in week 1 to 19% now), as people adjust to exercising out of the home and fewer people report worrying about leaving their home to exercise (60% in week 1 to 56% now).

Tags: COVID-19, Insight, Sport England

Posted: Sun, 03 May 2020 15:00 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 2: 10-14 April

Adults are reporting similar levels of physical activity to the previous week, while children's activity levels are up slightly.

  • 40% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 33% did more
  • 59% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 70% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 64% using it to manage their mental health
  • 59% of adults walked in the last week, 16% jogged, 10% cycled and 45% did home-based activity
  • 35% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 18% are doing more than an hour.

There are still differences in levels of activity between different demographic groups, while we've also seen a dip in women's activity levels, with fewer women than men achieving 30 minutes of activity on five or more days, and more women than men doing no activity.

More people are agreeing that they don't find exercising on their own enjoyable, and that they feel guilty about wanting to exercise during the outbreak.

Tags: COVID-19, Insight, Sport England

Posted: Fri, 01 May 2020 14:30 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 1: 3-6 April 2020

There's been a massive disruption in the physical activity behaviours of adults and children in England.

  • 41% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 31% did more
  • 62% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 69% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 65% using it to manage their mental health
  • 59% of adults walked in the last week, 18% jogged, 8% cycled and 44% did home-based activity
  • 36% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 14% are doing more than an hour.

The government's messages about exercise may be having a positive impact, with 55% of adults in England agreeing that they've been encouraged to exercise by the government guidance.

But there are differences in levels of activity between different demographic groups. Older people, people on low incomes and people living in urban areas or living alone are finding it harder to be active during the outbreak.

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Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

Project Officer (Information and Insight)

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