Key GM Findings:

Latest figures from the Active Lives Adult Survey show 1.34 Million people active and 274.4 thousand people fairly active across Greater Manchester. From 2016-17 to 17-18 the amount of inactive people has reduced by 12,500 people.

Greater Manchester are now 8th from 33nd out of 45 CSP areas for inactivity having reduced from 27.6% of people being inactive to 27.1%.

The 10 Local authorities within GM overall have also shown a reduction in the number of inactive people:

One of the biggest changes has come from Salford with both a significant increase in active people (6.6%) and reduction in inactive people (-7.0%).

Manchester has also shown changing activity levels with 5.0% of people becoming more active.

Looking at GM collectively 7 out of the 10 boroughs have shown a reduction in the amount of inactive people in their respective areas ranging from -0.3% to -7.0%.

Additionally 7 boroughs have seen an increase in the number of fairly active and active people.

Key National Findings:

For the nation as a whole, 28,025,600 people - 62.3% of the 16+ population in England are active similar to last year.

  • There has been a significant reduction in the number of inactive people (-0.4%).
  • In the 55-74 year old age groups there have been significant reductions in the number of inactive people (-1.4%) and a significant increase in the number of active people (1.1%).
  • Among those with a disability there has been a significant increase in the number of fairly active people (0.8%).
  • There has been a significant reduction in sporting activities and cycling for leisure and sport (-0.6% & -0.3% respectively) and a significant increase in the number who are walking to leisure and travel (0.9% and 0.4% respectively).

Those that were considered inactive were less likely to have positive feelings of being “satisfied with their lives nowadays”. This is supported by levels of increasing mental wellbeing when moving into “fairly active” or “active” tiers.

Follow up:

Understanding who is and isn’t active ensures we are able to embed evidence within projects aiming to promote greater physical activity and getting more people active across the region.

For more specific information please see Greater Manchester and borough packs to the right to download.

For access to the full Sport England report please see here.