Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020 14:35 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 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

Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

Project Officer (Information and Insight)

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