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- 4. Navigate toBy ethnicity and age group section
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- 6. Navigate toBy ethnicity and socio-economic group section
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- 8. Navigate to Data sources section
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1. Main facts and figures
- from November 2018 to November 2019, 63.3% of people in England aged 16 and over were ‘physically active’ – they did 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity a week
- people of Mixed ethnicity were the most likely out of all ethnic groups to be physically active – this has remained consistent for the last 4 years
- people from the Asian ethnic group were less likely than average to be physically active – again, this has remained consistent for the last 4 years
- within the Black ethnic group, men were more likely to be active than women
- within the Asian and White British ethnic groups, men were more likely to be active than women
- although the figures show differences between men and women in other ethnic groups, sample sizes were too small to make reliable generalisations
The ethnic categories used in this data
Sports England used the following broad ethnic categories when analysing data from the Active Lives Survey:
- White British
- White Other
2. By ethnicity over time
|Nov 2015 to Nov 2016||Nov 2016 to Nov 2017||Nov 2017 to Nov 2018||Nov 2018 to Nov 2019|
|Ethnicity||Nov 2015 to Nov 2016 %||Nov 2015 to Nov 2016 Number of Respondents||Nov 2016 to Nov 2017 %||Nov 2016 to Nov 2017 Number of Respondents||Nov 2017 to Nov 2018 %||Nov 2017 to Nov 2018 Number of Respondents||Nov 2018 to Nov 2019 %||Nov 2018 to Nov 2019 Number of Respondents|
Summary of Physical activity By ethnicity over time Summary
3. By ethnicity and gender
|Ethnicity||All %||All Number of Respondents||Female %||Female Number of Respondents||Male %||Male Number of Respondents|
Summary of Physical activity By ethnicity and gender Summary
4. By ethnicity and age group
|Ethnicity||16-24 %||16-24 Number of Respondents||25-34 %||25-34 Number of Respondents||35-44 %||35-44 Number of Respondents||45-54 %||45-54 Number of Respondents||55-64 %||55-64 Number of Respondents||65-74 %||65-74 Number of Respondents||75+ %||75+ Number of Respondents|
|Black||64.9||340||54.0||408||57.8||596||63.7||550||52.5||373||44.1||146||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
|Chinese||71.8||145||64.9||262||46.7||230||58.4||146||49.7||107||60.0||59||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
|Mixed||72.3||427||68.0||545||64.0||488||66.7||342||62.5||220||46.2||84||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
|Other||68.6||132||66.3||226||57.7||323||56.7||255||57.9||190||55.6||122||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
Summary of Physical activity By ethnicity and age group Summary
5. By ethnicity and area
|All||Asian||Black||Chinese||Mixed||White British||White other||Other|
|Geography||All %||All Number of Respondents||Asian %||Asian Number of Respondents||Black %||Black Number of Respondents||Chinese %||Chinese Number of Respondents||Mixed %||Mixed Number of Respondents||White British %||White British Number of Respondents||White other %||White other Number of Respondents||Other %||Other Number of Respondents|
|North East||60.7||7,535||52.3||168||79.0||54||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||62.1||59||61.3||6,731||65.2||215||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||62.5||16,816||47.9||472||54.2||116||42.0||61||72.9||156||64.0||14,927||67.0||542||75.7||60|
Summary of Physical activity By ethnicity and area Summary
6. By ethnicity and socio-economic group
|Managerial and professional occupations||Intermediate occupations and lower supervisory||Routine and manual occupations||Long term unemployed||Full-time student or unclassified|
|Ethnicity||Managerial and professional occupations %||Managerial and professional occupations Number of Respondents||Intermediate occupations and lower supervisory %||Intermediate occupations and lower supervisory Number of Respondents||Routine and manual occupations %||Routine and manual occupations Number of Respondents||Long term unemployed %||Long term unemployed Number of Respondents||Full-time student or unclassified %||Full-time student or unclassified Number of Respondents|
|Chinese||64.1||569||54.4||133||38.7||65||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||69.0||161|
|Other||66.3||662||60.8||239||51.7||110||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||69.8||173|
Summary of Physical activity By ethnicity and socio-economic group Summary
Up to 2 people per household take part in the Active Lives Survey.
The overall sample size is just under 200,000 people each year. The sample is randomly selected from a list of addresses in the UK maintained by the Royal Mail.
Weighting is used to adjust the results to make them representative of the population.
Data has been weighted to ONS population measures for geography and key demographics.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Results based on fewer than 30 respondents are not published.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest whole number but all gaps and differences have been calculated on unrounded data.
You can download more detailed estimates (to 1 decimal place) if you download the data.
Further technical information
Active Lives Survey 2018/19 Year 4 Technical Note (PDF opens in a new window or tab) (PDF, 340KB, 13 pages)
8. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Twice a year
Purpose of data source
The Active Lives Survey measures the number of people aged 16 and over who take part in sport and physical activity.
This data informs the government’s strategy on physical activity, Sporting Future.
9. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, age group, socio-economic group, geography, sex, value, denominator, numerator, confidence intervals (upper bound, lower bound), number of respondents