Physical activity in the United Kingdom (UK)

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Statista dossier on physical activity levels in the United Kingdom (UK)

This dossier presents a range of statistics and facts about physical activity levels in the United Kingdom. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle have been described as the silent killer in the UK, leading to issues such as obesity and poor health. Efforts have been made to encourage individuals to be more active and participate in fitness programmes. The Department of Health has recommended that adults should do 150 minutes of physical activity every week and children should do 180 minutes every day.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Physical activity among adults in England 2016

    • Physical activity levels in England 2016, by gender

    • Physical activity levels of men in England 2016, by age

    • Physical activity levels of women in England 2016, by age

    • Physical activity level distribution among adults in England 2016, by age

    • Physical activity levels in past week in Wales 2014, by gender

    • Scotland: distribution of adult activity levels 2016, by gender

  • 2. Meeting physical activity guidelines
    • Meeting aerobic guidelines for activity in England 2016, by gender and region

    • Meeting aerobic guidelines for activity in England 2016, by gender and deprivation

    • Meeting physical activity recommendations in England 2016, by gender

    • Meeting physical activity recommendations in England 1997-2016, by gender

    • Meeting physical activity levels among adults in England 1997-2016, by age group

    • Proportion meeting physical activity guidelines in Northern Ireland 2017, by gender

    • Share of adults meeting activity guidelines in Scotland 2016, by gender and age

    • Share of children meeting activity guidelines in Scotland 2016, by gender and age

    • Share of children meeting activity guidelines in Scotland 2008-2016, by gender

  • 3. Physical activity levels, by body mass index
    • Physical activity levels of children in England 2015, by gender and BMI

    • Obese: physical activity per week in Northern Ireland 2013, by gender

    • Overweight: physical activity per week in Northern Ireland 2013, by gender

    • Physical activity: normal/underweight adults in Northern Ireland 2013, by gender

  • 4. Sedentary activity
    • Sedentary time among individuals in England 2016, by BMI and gender

    • Adults who are not physically active in Wales 2015, by socio-economic class

    • Adults who are not physically active in Wales 2003-2015, by gender

    • Sedentary time in Northern Ireland 2016/17

    • Sedentary time of obese individuals in Northern Ireland 2013, by gender

    • Sedentary time of overweight individuals in Northern Ireland 2013, by gender

    • Sedentary time of individuals in Northern Ireland 2013, by gender

  • 5. Time spent doing physical activity
    • Adults physically active for 150 minutes or more in Wales 2015

    • Physical activity on 5 or more days a week in Wales 2003-2015, by gender

    • Weekly amount of physical activity in Wales 2018, by gender

    • Physical activity per week in Northern Ireland in 2016/17, by gender

    • Share of children participating in sport in Scotland 1998-2016, by gender

  • 6. Muscle strengthening guidelines
    • Share of adults meeting muscle guidance in Scotland 2016, by gender and age

    • Share of adults meeting activity/muscle guidance in Scotland 2016, by gender and age

    • Share of adults meeting activity and muscle guidelines in Scotland 2016, by gender

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