Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2020 15:30 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 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

Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

Project Officer (Information and Insight)

  • Insight
  • Data analysis
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Active Lives
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