Adult respondents to the 2015 Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey cited a range of barriers to doing (more) physical activity, with the most common being lack of time/other commitments, lack of fitness or health problems (such as old age, tiredness or physical incapacity) and inadequate/insufficient facilities or classes, as shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Barriers to physical activity reported by Hackney adults (age 16+, 2015)

Reason Percentage
Lack of time/other commitments 37%
Health/fitness/injury barriers 17%
Cannot be bothered 9%
It’s too expensive 6%
Inadequate/insufficient facilities or activities 4%
Work commitments 2%
Family commitments/looking after child/baby 2%
Being tired 2%
Weather 2%
Facilities/classes difficult to get to 2%

Source: Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

Perceived barriers to doing (more) physical activity vary strongly by the amount of physical activity that residents already do: 3

  • respondents who are already active for more than 150 minutes a week were more likely to say the reason they do not do more exercise is a lack of time/other commitments (71% felt this was a barrier) in comparison to inactive residents (30% saw this as an obstacle)
  • those who are less active were most likely to cite lack of health or fitness (34% of those who do no vigorous physical activity state this, compared to 13% of those who do more than 75 minutes per week).

Another recent study in Hackney, which looked at the potential to encourage more walking (and reduce the use of cars) locally, found that perceived barriers to walking include safety concerns, and a lack of signage/information to facilitate walking. 4

References

  1. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  2. SDG, “Hackney Walking Potential Study,” 2015.
  3. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  4. SDG, “Hackney Walking Potential Study,” 2015.