Adults

Reported levels of physical activity and inactivity in Hackney and the City are not statistically different from most similar areas or from the England and London averages (Figure 18 and Figure 19).

Figure 18: Adults achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week (age 16+, 2015)

The City of London and Hackney have the lowest rates of statistically comparable areas
Figure 18: Adults achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week (age 16+, 2015)

Source: Active People Survey (2015)

Figure 19: Adults achieving less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week (age 16+, 2015)

Hackney has the second highest rate of inactivity of statistically comparable areas.
Figure 19: Adults achieving less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week (age 16+, 2015)

Source: Active People Survey (2015)

One of the notable features of physical activity in Hackney in comparison to other areas is the high level of cycling (Figure 20). Hackney consistently shows some of the highest participation rates in cycling nationally, with one in four people cycling at least once per month, and around one in five cycling once per week. The percentage of Hackney adult residents cycling at least five times per week is in the top 2% of all local authorities in England. [30] The majority of people report cycling for utility purposes (i.e. commuting to work) as opposed to recreational purposes.

Figure 20 also confirms that estimated levels of walking among Hackney residents is very high and broadly in line with the London average, but significantly higher than the England average.

Figure 20: Adult participation in cycling (age 16+, 2015 )

Hackney has a significantly higher percentage of the population who do any cycling than people in London or England
Figure 20: Adult participation in cycling (age 16+, 2015 )

Source: Active People Survey (2015)

Figure 21: Adult participation in walking (age 16+, 2015)Figure 21: Adult participation in walking (age 16+, 2015)

Hackney has a significantly higher percentage of people who report doing any walking on a weekly basis compared to people in London or England
Figure 21: Adult participation in walking (age 16+, 2015)

Source: Active People Survey (2015)

Data from the Active People Survey reveal a slight downward trend since 2012/13 in the proportion of the Hackney adult population who are ‘inactive’, but these patterns are not statistically significant (Figure 22). Similarly, levels of physical activity have not changed significantly over this period. 2

Figure 22: Trends in physical activity levels of adults in Hackney (age 16+, 2012-2015)

The percentage of the Hackney population that are
Figure 22: Trends in physical activity levels of adults in Hackney (age 16+, 2012-2015)

Source: Active People Survey

Notes: The Active People Survey uses the following classifications of physical activity levels:

  • active – 150+ minutes of moderate intensity activity per week (or equivalent vigorous physical activity minutes)

  • insufficiently active – 30-149 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week (or equivalent vigorous physical activity minutes)

  • inactive – less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week

Trend estimates for the City of London are less reliable (shown by the wide confidence intervals in Figure 23). Despite this, there is an apparent downward trend in estimated physical activity levels in the City of London since 2012.

Figure 23: Trends percentage of City of London adult population who meet physical activity guidelines (age 16+, 2012-2015)

Between 2012 and 2015 there is a general downward trend of people who meet physical activity recommendations
Figure 23: Trends percentage of City of London adult population who meet physical activity guidelines (age 16+, 2012-2015)

Source: Active People Survey

 

References

  1. Sport England, “Active People Interaction,” Online: http://activepeople.sportengland.org/Query, 2016.
  2. Sport England, “Active People Interaction,” Online: http://activepeople.sportengland.org/Query, 2016.