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Source: http://www.comresglobal.com/polls/sport-england-survey-into-adult-physical-activity-attitudes-and-behaviour/

April 2020

Sport-England-Physical-Activity-Polling.pdf

More recent results from 22nd April

This is the first COVID-19 Insight Briefing from Sport England, summarising the headline findings from our weekly survey of physical activity attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey explores the amount and type of activity being undertaken, how activity is changing over time, who people are being active with, and what they’re thinking and feeling about being active.

This new weekly survey is carried out for Sport England by Savanta ComRes. These results come from interviews with 2,034 adults (16+) from the 3rd April to 6th April 2020. Data was weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade.

Please feel free to share these results on to your local partners.

Headlines

  • There has been a massive disruption in the physical activity behaviours of adults and children in England.  33% of adults did more and 39% did less physical activity in the last week compared to before the restrictions.  In the same period 29% of children did more and 37% did less compared to pre-restriction levels.
  • There is a recognition of the importance of physical activity in response to the pandemic. 63% of adults think it is more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times.
  • The majority of adults are using physical activity to help them manage their health . 71% of adults agree that exercise is helping them manage their physical health, whilst 67% agree it is helping them manage their mental health.
  • The Government’s messages about exercise may be having a positive impact. 55% of adults in England agree that they have been encouraged to exercise by the Governments guidance.
    • 59% of adults walked in the last week
    • 48% did online fitness, offline fitness or informal activity in the home
    • 19% went jogging
    • 9% cycled
  • There are differences in levels of activity between different demographic groups. Older people, people on low incomes, living in urban areas or living alone are finding it harder to be active during the outbreak.

Please see the tables below for more detailed results.

 

Physical Activity Behaviour - Adults

 

Days done 30 minutes or more physical activity in last week (SIM):

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

2-4 days

5+ days

19%

9%

13%

16%

9%

12%

4%

19%

 

37%

34%

 

Is this more or less than usual?

A lot more

A bit more

Neither more or less

A bit less

A lot less

 

MORE

LESS

10%

23%

27%

17%

22%

 

33%

39%

 

Types of physical activity, participation in last week

Type

% who did activity in last week

More, Same or Less than usual

Who with: on Own, Adult(s), Child(ren)

M

S

L

O

A

C

Walking

59%

37%

26%

37%

49%

39%

23%

Cycling

9%

46%

31%

23%

60%

28%

20%

Running or jogging

19%

51%

24%

24%

69%

20%

15%

Home activity / fitness – ONLINE

24.6%

70%

17%

13%

53%

29%

29%

Home activity / fitness – OFFLINE

24.8%

57%

27%

15%

66%

21%

20%

Informal play or games at home

18%

62%

19%

18%

24%

33%

62%

Other

5%

51%

31%

18%

68%

25%

13%

ANY HOME-BASED ACTIVITY

48%

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 
                       

 

Physical Activity Behaviour – Children

 

Average daily time spent doing physical activity (average per child in household)

Nothing

13%

Some, but less than half an hour

37%

Between half an hour and an hour

37%

More than an hour

14%

 

 

SOME

87%

 

Is this more or less than usual?

A lot more

A bit more

Neither more or less

A bit less

A lot less

 

MORE

LESS

7%

22%

32%

20%

18%

 

29%

37%

 

Feelings of adults towards physical activity during the COVID-19 outbreak

 

Statement

Agree

Disagree

Don’t know

Since the outbreak I have found new ways to be active

52%

46%

2%

I have more time now to be physically active

66%

31%

3%

I have been encouraged to exercise by the Government’s guidance

55%

41%

5%

I do not find exercising on my own enjoyable

41%

54%

4%

I miss the types of physical activity I was able to do before the outbreak

63%

34%

3%

I worry about leaving my home to exercise or be active

59%

38%

3%

I feel guilty about wanting to exercise during the outbreak

30%

67%

3%

I feel guilty about not exercising more during the outbreak

51%

46%

3%

I exercise to help manage my physical health during the outbreak

71%

26%

3%

I exercise to help manage my mental health during the outbreak

67%

30%

4%

The current situation has not impacted my current exercise regime

42%

55%

3%

 

Do people feel it is more or less important to be active at the moment?

Much more important

Somewhat more important

No more or less important

Somewhat less important

Much less important

Don’t know

MORE

LESS

23%

40%

29%

4%

2%

3%

63%

5%

 

Adults Physical Activity Levels – Demographic Analysis

 

 

MORE ACTIVE now than before

LESS ACTIVE now than before

% doing 30 mins on 5+ days

ALL

33%

39%

34%

Male

33%

39%

34%

Female

34%

39%

34%

16-34

44%

40%

33%

35-54

34%

41%

37%

55+

24%

37%

33%

ABC1

36%

41%

35%

C2DE

30%

37%

33%

White

32%

39%

35%

Non-White

41%

39%

26%

Children in house

38%

39%

36%

No children in house

24%

40%

31%

Other caring responsibilities at home

42%

34%

32%

Longstanding condition or illness

32%

37%

28%

No longstanding condition or illness

34%

40%

37%

 

 

 

 

NE

32%

40%

38%

NW

34%

40%

36%

Y+H

32%

39%

40%

WM

33%

36%

32%

EM

26%

43%

32%

E

32%

36%

37%

L

39%

45%

28%

SE

32%

39%

33%

SW

35%

32%

37%

Urban

34%

41%

33%

Rural

31%

34%

39%

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