Getting Cumbria Active

October 11, 2018

It's early days, but the improvements in activity levels from one year ago, shows that inactivity rates are beginning to improve in Cumbria. 

Nationally almost 300,000 more people are doing 150 minutes of activity a week according to new figures released today from Sport Englands Active Lives Survey May 2017/18. 

The report also shows that inactivity levels - people doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a week - dropped by 116,000 over the same time period.

Based on a sample of almost 185,000 respondents to our survey, 297,400 more people in England, aged 16 and above, are meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines of doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week - relative to the previous 12 months.

As well as this, the report shows 116,400 fewer people are now classed as inactive and are therefore doing more than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, with a particular change being noticed in older adults aged 55-75 - a key target group in the Sport England strategy Towards an Active Nation.

We have looked at the figures specific to Cumbria and find signicant improvements in some areas.

There are an additional 6,600 people achieving 150+ minutes a week

The number of inactive people (those doing less that 30 minutes a week) has reduced by 3,100 people. 

The biggest reduction in inactivity levels has been in Barrow where inactivity levels have fallen by 3.9%, this is a positive result, narrowing the gap but the area still remains to have inactivity levels well above the national average, with 27% of the population of Barrow being inactive, compared to 25.2% of England. 

Further improvements are seen in: 

  • Copeland inactive levels have reduced by 1.5% to 27.2% positively narrowing the gap to the national figure
  • Eden inactive levels has been reduced by 2.7% to 23.4%, and is now better than the national figure
  • Carlisle inactive levels have reduced by 2.2% to 23.0%
  • Barrow-in-Furness active levels have increased by 4.6% to 61.3% positively narrowing the gap to the national figure
  • Copeland active levels have increased by 3.4% to 60.9% positively narrowing the gap to the national figure
  • South Lakeland remains with the highest active levels at 69.5%, a fall of only 0.4%

Insight Page - Cumbria Statistics 

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