Sport England's new means of measuring sport and physical activity across England recognises that everyday activities also count towards physical activity levels.
Instead of people having to make time to exercise, people's daily walk to work or the half an hour walk with the dog every day are measured as part of their daily amount of exercise.
Busy mums and dads walking their kids to school can class this journey as an aspect of physical activity. So this means that those of us that struggle to find time to go to the gym or go for a run after work can combine their daily routine with physical activity.
Barriers & Solutions
Time is a big barrier for people to exercise or play sport. Busy full time working men and women that get home late don’t always have the time to go for a jog or attend a gym class. The weather and time of year is another barrier to participation. Running in the freezing cold? Think many people would pass.
So taking all this on board, Sport England have recognised that convenience and ease of access to physical activity, is key for people achieving the recommended amount of time of physical activity. Sport England suggest that physical activity that is testing on the body’s fitness contributes to the recommended amount of minutes which could include, walking up and down the five flights of stairs to the office and everyday tasks including active travelling.
For those of you who are fitness gurus, if you cycle to work and back or go for a walk around the block on your lunch break, then you're definitely achieving your weekly fitness goals.
So what are the facts?
Like always with most research, there are facts and figures. Public Health England suggests that one in six deaths could be prevented by persuading inactive people to become active and could save the UK economy £7.4 billion. (Source: http://ow.ly/HxyA30cfERx).
More statistics include that 25.6% of adults in England are inactive with 32.2% of the North East being physically inactive.
The top sport choices that inactive people say they would like to participate in are fitness and conditioning, cycling, swimming, football, attending the gym and running.
So take note of the current research in sport, it’s more important than you think and shows that you don't have to be taking part in traditional sport in order to get your recommended dose of physical activity so it can really kick start your new fitness regime that keeps getting put off!
All statistics discussed were related to Sport England’s Active Lives Survey Report: https://www.sportengland.org/media/11498/active-lives-survey-yr-1-report.pdf