Study reveals least active regions in England

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Golfsupport illustrates the least active regions in the UK and the London boroughs who need to take part in more physical activity

“New Year, New Me” goes the famous saying, and as we progress through 2019, Brits are either staying true to their new year promises, or swiftly abandoning at the first hurdle. In fact, a study by has revealed that the most common resolution among Brits is ‘getting more exercise’ followed by ‘eating better/going on a diet’.

Golfsupport assessed open data from Sport England’s report, ‘Sport and Physical Activity Levels amongst adults aged 16+’, highlighting the areas with the least active population.

An inactive population is described by Sport England as doing less than 30 minutes per week of moderate intensity equivalent (MIE) physical activity. The data was collected over a one-year period, from May 2017 to May 2018.

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Golfsupport can reveal the English regions with the least active populations are:

London (1,690,500), South East (1,637,200), North West (1,560,000), West Midlands (1,347,000), East (1,275,000), Yorkshire (1,179,900), East Midlands (1,040,000), South West (997,500) and the North East (613,700).

The region with the highest number of inactive people in England has been found to be unsurprisingly London, with a whopping 1,69,500 inactive people in May 2017/18. Perhaps due to the hectic lifestyle, and sparsity of easily accessible green spaces.

Contrastingly, the English area with the least number of inactive people in the North East, with 613,700 – meaning there are 1,076,800 more inactive people in London than the North East.

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Golfsupport also broke down the data to reveal the boroughs in London considered “least active”. The five boroughs with the highest inactivity figures are as follows:

  • Barnet (92,400), Brent (78,700), Newham (75,000), Enfield (73,800) and Croydon (73,100).

At the other end of the scale, the London boroughs with the lowest number of inactive people are:

  • City of London (1,100), Richmond upon Thames (24,700), Kingston upon Thames (26,100), Islington (27,600) and Kensington and Chelsea (29,300).


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