Adult wellness JSNA

Physical activity

In the borough of Rochdale, 60.9 per cent of the adult population are estimated to be physically active, which is below the England rate of 67.3 per cent (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities 2021/22 - based on the Active Lives Adult Survey, Sport England).

The importance of being physically active

Being physically active isn't for weight loss alone. It contributes to well-being, but is also essential for good health. People who are physically active reduce their risk of developing major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50 per cent and the risk of premature death by about 20–30 per cent.

Consequently, it has been calculated that physical inactivity is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths in the UK, which is equal to smoking, and carries an estimated cost of £7.4 billion every year.

Trends in physical activity

Surveys such as the Active Lives Survey which is referenced below, have shown that nearly a quarter of adults report being physically inactive, doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. As such, the country's population is around 20 per cent less active than in the 1960s. If current trends continue, it will be 35 per cent less active by 2030.

Increasing physical activity levels would improve both health and wellbeing. Approaches to encourage and support people to be more active are needed. These can be linked to enjoyment and improving wellbeing. This section looks at levels of physical activity and inactivity in the adult population in Rochdale borough.

Statistics on physical activity

Guidance and information on physical activity