Posted: Fri, 01 May 2020 14:30 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 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.
Project Officer (Information and Insight)
- Data analysis
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Active Lives
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