The neighbourhoods taking the biggest strides to get active

If you’re keen to pursue a fit and healthy lifestyle, you’re not alone. There’s been a 62.8% increase in adults keeping active between 2019 and 2020. 

So where are the best areas in England to consider if health is high on your agenda?

Our analysis shows the top 12 locations in England where there’s been both a rise in the number of active residents and a fall in the number of inactive residents. Active is defined as more than two and a half hours of exercise a week, and inactive is defined as less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.

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The London borough of Sutton is crowned England’s most active location, with a 13.2% jump in active residents. With plenty of activities for the community to get involved in such as local parkruns, a ‘Cycling in Sutton’ scheme and walking football, it’s no surprise this borough comes top. Average property prices in Sutton come in at £469,606.

In second place is Blackpool, Britain’s seaside resort, with a 9.9% increase in active residents and a 9% fall in inactive residents. The town has an Active Blackpool programme that encourages regular community activities. Of the top three active locations analysed, Blackpool is the most affordable, with an average property price of £123,633.

Coming in third position is Welwyn Hatfield. The borough boasts over 40 local sports clubs, which are likely to start again once restrictions are eased. Like Blackpool, Welwyn Hatfield also saw a 9.9% rise in those undertaking more than two and a half hours of exercise a week. There was a 4.2% decrease in those participating in less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. Welwyn Hatfield is a commuter hotspot, with average property prices currently sitting at £506,972.

Find out the regions in England taking the biggest strides to get moving below.

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The South West comes out top, with 67.3% of residents undertaking more than two and a half hours of exercise a week – equivalent to just over 20 minutes a day.

Methodology: We’ve analysed Sport England’s latest Active Lives report, which included a sample size of 190,401, at a local authority level and pulled out the top locations based on the highest increase in active residents. All data is available on request.

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