Activity Rates in Bedfordshire Stabilise after the Pandemic, According to Latest Adult Active Lives Survey Data

Activity Rates in Bedfordshire Stabilise after the Pandemic, According to Latest Adult Active Lives Survey Data

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:41

Activity Rates in Bedfordshire Stabilise after the Pandemic, According to Latest Adult Active Lives Survey Data

Sport England published its latest Active Lives Survey for adults today. The data for Bedfordshire reveals that 61% of the respondents are considered 'Active', while 9.3% are considered 'Fairly Active' and 29.8% are 'Inactive'. Compared to the last 12 months, there has been no significant change in 'Active' adults or 'Inactive' adults, however there has been a significant decrease in 'Fairly Active' adults (-4.1%).

Nationally, the data shows that compared to pre-pandemic levels (Nov 18/19), there 0.6 million fewer 'Active' adults (-1.9%) and 1.3 million more 'Inactive' adults (+2.6%). However, as the pandemic has progressed, activity levels have stabilised and no further annual changes have been recorded, compared to 12 months ago. Our strategy 'Moving Forwards Together' demonstrates our commitment to tackling the issues highlighted in this report.

What is the Adult Active Lives Survey?

The Adult Active Lives Survey report summarises the activity levels of adults aged 16+ in England.

The insight collated by the Adult Active Lives Survey is used to provide policymakers. local authorities, government departments, and the entire sport and physical activity sector with the insight and knowledge into the physically activity habits of children and young people.

The latest report covers the period of November 2020 to November 2021 and provides an update on the sport and physical activity behaviours of adults in England. This includes five months of notable restrictions (two-and-a-half months of full national lockdowns and two-and-a-half months of significant restrictions) and seven months of limited restrictions (three months of easing restrictions and four months with no legal restrictions).

The report summarises sport and physical activity participation behaviours as 'Active', 'Fairly Active', and 'Inactive'. The definitions are as follows:

  • Active: 150+ minutes of activity a week.
  • Fairly Active: 30-149 minutes of activity a week.
  • Inactive: -30 minutes of activity a week.

Key Headlines for Bedfordshire

  • The rate of 'Active' and 'Inactive' adults in Bedfordshire have remained consistent compared to the last 12 months, whereas there has been a significant decrease in 'Fairly Active' adults, down by 4.1% when compared to the last 12 months.

At a local level, the data shows:

  • 52.7% of adults are 'Active' in Luton, exhibiting no significant change from the previous 12 months. 9.4% of adults are 'Fairly Active', showing a significant decrease of 5.5% from the previous 12 months and 38.2% of adults are 'Inactive'. There has been no significant change in 'Inactive' adults compared to the last 12 months in Luton.
  • 64.1% of adults are 'Active' in Bedford, 10.4% of adults are 'Fairly Active' and 25.6% of adults are 'Inactive', showing no significant change across any of these categories when compared to the last 12 months.
  • 65% of adults in Central Bedfordshire are 'Active', showing no significant 8.5% of adults are 'Fairly Active', which is a significant decrease of 5.8% from the previous 12 months. 26.5% of adults are 'Inactive', showing no significant change over the past 12 months.

Key Headlines Nationally

  • 45.9% of male adults participated in Muscle Strengthening Sessions, showing no significant change over the past 12 months, whereas the rate of female adults participating in Muscle Strengthening Sessions had significantly decreased by 1.7% to 39.8%.
  • 45.7% of people aged 16-54 had participated in Muscle Strengthening Sessions over the past 12 months, a significant decrease of 1.9%. 38.2% of those aged 55+ had participated in Muscle Strengthening Sessions over the past 12 months, showing no significant change.
  • 76.2% of male adults and 75.3% of female adults had taken part in sport in the last 28 days, showing no significant change for either males or females over the last 12 months.
  • Sporting Activities were the most popular broad group of activities that adults have participated in the past 12 months, sitting at 28.7%, followed closely by Active Travel at 26.1%.
  • Male adults were far more likely to take part in Walking activities which is a significant increase of 4.4% from the previous 12 months to 59.9%, followed by Sporting Activities 33.4%.
  • Female adults were also far more likely to take part in Walking activities as well, experiencing an increase of 4.2% when compared to the previous 12 months to 64.7%, followed by Active Travel at 24.9%.
  • 44.4% of those with a disability were 'Inactive' from mid-November 2020 to mid-January 2021. From September 2021 to mid-November 2021, 40.2% of adults with a disability were 'Inactive'.
  • 24.7% of adults without a disability were 'Inactive' from mid-November 2020 to mid-January 2021. From mid-September 2021 to mid-November 2021, 21.8% of adults without a disability were 'Inactive'.
  • From mid-September 2021 to mid-November 2021, Other Ethnic Groups has the highest rate of Inactivity, standing at 39.8%. Male; Mixed is the least active group, with Inactivity rates as high as 42.5%, followed by Female; Chinese at 39.1%.
  • From mid-September 2021 to mid-November 2021, 73.8% of adults from higher social grades were 'Active' (a significant increase from the previous 12 months), 62% of adults from middle social groups and 52.8% of adults from lower social grades were 'Active' and 66.9% of adults who are Students/Other were 'Active'.

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