Modern activities being chosen over traditional sports such as cycling and swimming

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31st May 2018 15:50 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Modern activities being chosen over traditional sportModern activities being chosen over traditional sports such as cycling and swimming: There are fewer people getting out on their bikes or swimming to keep fit in England, a survey has found. 
 
A dramatic drop 
 
Sport England's Active Lives Adult Survey revealed a significant drop in people undertaking the sports, with 283,000 fewer people swimming and a drop of 93,000 people cycling in England. 
 
 
However, that’s not to say that they have stopped exercising altogether. The survey reveals that instead, they are trying alternative sports and classes such as interval training and adventure sports. 
 
Increase in HIIT
 
An additional 518,000 people are turning to classes such as HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) - often available to follow on digital channels such as YouTube - as their exercise choice. The poll of 198, 911 people revealed 75% are interval training at the gym, while 20 percent are doing sessions at home. Forty-seven percent of these are between the ages of 16-34. 
 
Activities such as rock climbing, orienteering, mountain walking and abseiling have also seen increased numbers getting on board, with 337,000 more people trying the sports in the past year.
 
The survey showed that 61.8% of adults in England partake in more than 150 minutes of exercise per week, while more than a quarter of the population is remaining inactive. 
 
According to the data, older people are enjoying more physical activity, with more people in the 55 – 74-year-old category (58.3%) undertaking more than 150 minutes of exercise a week – an increase of 1.3 percent. 
 
Speaking about the report, Sport England CEO Jennie Price said: “While the overall activity levels of the nation are stable, what people are choosing to do is moving with the times.
 
“The popularity of HIIT shows the power of social media, and many older people are choosing to spend their leisure time in the great outdoors.”


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