Swimming and cycling numbers fall sharply in UK, overall activity levels remain 'stable'

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The latest Active Lives Adult Survey (ALAS) published by Sport England on 22nd of March showed that 25.7% of population in the UK remain inactive. Despite the overall level of physical activity remaining stable, there is the shift from traditional ways of exercising to more “modern” ones.

For example, while swimming and cycling have suffered dramatic decreases in popularity, with almost 283,000 fewer people swimming regularly, and 93,000 fewer people cycling, the number of people doing interval training sessions increased by 518,000 people.

 “While the overall activity levels of the nation are stable, what people are choosing to do is moving with the times” – summarized Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England.


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