Sport England Insight Briefing
Posted: Sun, 03 May 2020 15:00 by Thomas Lawley
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.