Physical Activity

Physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality, accounting for 6% of deaths globally. People who are physically active are less likely to suffer a stroke, heart disease, or cardiovascular disease and reduce their risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes (among others).


The current age specific NHS guidelines on physical activity levels are:





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Physically Active Adults

Data on physical activity is collected via the Active People Survey; a survey commissioned by Sport England. This is the largest national survey into physical activity levels and sports participation. Data are published at local authority level (Note. Horsham district is covered jointly by Horsham and Mid Sussex and Coastal West Sussex CCG). The information shows the percentage of adults aged 16 and over who have participated in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more in the previous 28 days.

Generally, there has been little change over time in the percentage of adults who are physically active at these small geographies. In 2015, the proportion of physically active people is significantly greater in Mid Sussex (65.5%, 95% CIs: 61.4 – 69.6%) than England (57.0%, 95% CIs 56.8 – 57.3%), with 65.5% of respondents taking part in the recommended amount of physical activity in the month preceding the survey. Horsham local authority however, does not significantly differ from England or Mid Sussex, with 61.1% of adults reporting that they are physically active (95% CIs: 56.9 – 65.3%).


Source: Active People Survey

Physically Inactive Adults

Sport England also provide statistics on the prevalence of physical inactivity. This is defined as the percentage of adults (age 16 and over) who have participated in less than 30 minutes of at least moderate physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more in the previous 28 days.

The chart illustrates the prevalence of physical inactivity among adults in Horsham and Mid Sussex local authorities. In 2015, 21.1% of respondents to the Active People Survey were physically inactive in Mid Sussex. This is significantly lower than in England (28.7%) or the South East (25.1%). The proportion of physical inactive adults does not differ for Horsham (25.6%), when compared to national or regional figures.

Source: Active People Survey

Source: Active People Survey

The sample size of respondents to the Active People Survey is presented in the table below.

Mid Sussex488497510521
West Sussex3,2853,5423,5893,584
South East31,55034,22334,15334,512