Physical activity is vital for maintaining good health throughout life. However, there is significant variation in activity levels at different ages. Figure 12 shows that boys are significantly more likely to have low levels of physical activity between the ages of 5-7 than boys in older age groups (up to the age of 15). For girls and boys, the lowest rates of physical inactivity are in the 11-12 age group. 6

Figure 12: Estimated number of inactive* children aged 5-15 in Hackney and the City (2016)

Figure 12: Estimated number of inactive* children aged 5-15 in Hackney and the City (2016)
Figure 12: Estimated number of inactive* children aged 5-15 in Hackney and the City (2016)

Source: Health survey for England (2012) and Greater London Authority population projections. 7 8 *less than 30mins of exercise, on all 7 days of the week

In adults, physical activity declines with age. There are specific ‘transition points’ where adults often reduce their physical activity levels, such as when their work commitments increase, they start to spend more time commuting or when they become parents. 9 In line with these trends, older Hackney residents appear to be less physically active than younger adults in general.  In the Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey, almost half (47%) of respondents aged 65+ reported doing less than recommended amount of physical activity, compared to a quarter (25%) of those aged 16-64 (Figure 13). In the City of London, insufficient facilities/activities for children aged 10-15 and a lack of promotion of activities for older residents have been identified. 10

Figure 13 Self-reported physical activity levels of adults in Hackney, by those under and over the age of 65 (2015)

Fourty-seven percent of adults aged over 65 report doing less activity than recommended. This compares to 25% of adults aged 16-64.
Figure 13 Self-reported physical activity levels of adults in Hackney, by those under and over the age of 65 (2015)

Source: Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

References

  1. Health and Social Care Information Centre, “Health Survey for England 2012: health, social care, and lifestyles,” 2012.
  2. Greater London Authority, “London Datastore – populaton projections,” 2016.
  3. Health and Social Care Information Centre, “Health Survey for England 2012: health, social care, and lifestyles,” 2012.
  4. Public Health England, “Health matters: getting every adult active every day,” 2016.
  5. Sport Leisure Culture , “City of London Corporation Sport and Physical Activity Strategy, 2015-2020,” 2015.
  6. Health and Social Care Information Centre, “Health Survey for England 2012: health, social care, and lifestyles,” 2012.
  7. Greater London Authority, “London Datastore – populaton projections,” 2016.
  8. Health and Social Care Information Centre, “Health Survey for England 2012: health, social care, and lifestyles,” 2012.
  9. Public Health England, “Health matters: getting every adult active every day,” 2016.
  10. Sport Leisure Culture , “City of London Corporation Sport and Physical Activity Strategy, 2015-2020,” 2015.