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Highest ever levels of activity recorded in latest survey

438,900 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents now physically active

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have recorded their highest ever levels of activity in latest survey; 13,400 more people now active compared to 2015.

Across our county 13,400 more people are now active, based on data gathered from 3,000 respondents (aged 16+) to the Active Lives Survey in the 12 months to May 2019. That takes the total number of active adults– those doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week – up to 438,900 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the highest ever levels of activity recorded by the survey. This included a significant increase in the proportion of people active in Peterborough from 58% to 65%, an increase of 12,700 adults.

The number of inactive people – those doing fewer than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week – is down to 159,800 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, a decrease of 4,600 since 2015. No significant change but a reduction all the same.

Living Sport projects are sure to have contributed to these improvements in levels of physical activity and the associated mental health benefits of being active. Find out more here about how Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire, Active Families and Active New Communities (three large-scale projects run by Living Sport) are supporting and inspiring people to be more physically active.

National results show that these improvements have been driven by women and older adults aged 55+; we will wait to see if this same pattern is shown across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough when more detailed results are released. The report also shows the link between activity and mental health which has been long believed. Active people reported feeling:

  • More satisfied with their lives
  • Happier
  • More likely to feel the things they do in life are worthwhile
  • Less anxious

The national report also reported a difference in activity levels for different groups:

  • those with a disability or long-term health conditions are still twice as likely to be inactive than people without a condition or disability
  • People who are less affluent are the most likely to be inactive (33%) and the least likely to be active (54%) compared to those who are the most well-off (16% and 72% respectively)

Simon Fairhall, Chief Exec of Living Sport, said: “Great to see physical activity levels rising across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for the second year in a row. Find out how you can get involved through our website.”

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