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ukactive – Public Polling for National Fitness Day

Survey of UK adults on how their time spent on exercise and physical activity compares to other everyday activities

  • On average, UK adults spend 1.6 hours a week doing physical activity.
  • UK adults spend the most amount of their time on average looking at their phone or tablet with 2.5 hours a day; amounting to approximately 17.5 hours a week.
  • In comparison, this suggests UK adults spend more than 10 times as much time looking at a phone or tablet than they do on physical activity.
  • Half of UK adults (52%) say family and friends is what they care most about, while a quarter (26%) say the same about their own health and wellbeing. Just 5% identify Brexit as the subject they care most about and just 4% say the same about climate change.
  • Just one in ten (11%) UK adults say that on most days if they had an extra hour a day, they would spend it on exercise or physical activity.
  • This is in stark contrast to the four in five (80%) of UK adults saying health and wellbeing is in the top three subjects they most care about.

Date Published: 09/10/2019

Categories: Public and communities | Social | Sport | UK

Client: ukactive


ComRes interviewed 2,080 UK adults aged 18+ online between 6th and 8th September 2019. Data were weighted to be nationally representative of all UK adults by key demographics including age, gender, region and socio-economic grade. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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