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Who is most active in County Durham? County Durham Sport host online event to discuss.

by | Oct 18, 2022 | News

Did you know that 59% of people in County Durham are doing enough physical activity to benefit their health? This means they do at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week!

But 30.8% of the population are classified as inactive. These people are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity each week.

To help more people experience the benefits of being active, we need to understand which groups of people are most and least active in our area.

County Durham Sport work with Press Red to understand physical activity patterns. We do this using the Active Lives survey which Sport England run every year.

On Monday 10th October, we hosted an online session to discuss the latest data for County Durham. We invited other organisations and leaders who are also working to tackle inequalities in physical activity.

Who is most active in County Durham?

People in ‘higher socioeconomic groups’ are most likely to be physically active. These are usually people with the highest paying senior jobs, such as Chief Executives or Doctors. 75% of people in this category are classified as active in County Durham. Another group who are most likely to be active are people without a limiting illness or disability (68% active).

Who is least active in County Durham?

Unfortunately, not everyone finds it easy to be active. People with a limiting illness or disability are least likely to be doing enough physical activity. Just 33% of disabled people or those with a limiting illness are active in County Durham. Older people are also less likely to be active, with just 37% of over 75s classified as active locally.

What kind of activities are people in County Durham doing?

By far the most popular activity in County Durham is walking for leisure, followed by gardening and traditional sports. The least popular activity is cycling.

If you would like to find out more about the Active Lives survey, local data, or tackling inequalities in sport and physical activity please contact and check out our Insight Hub.

All data in this article is taken from Sport England Active Lives Survey Nov 2020/21.