Shapemaster joins ukactive in welcoming Sport England’s 2019 Active Lives Adult Survey as an important insight into the sociological and demographical factors that impact our participation in sport, physical activity and volunteering.

We welcome the 1.4% increase over the previous 12 months in people aged 55-74 who are considered ‘Active’. This means that 60% of adults aged 55-74 are now taking part in over 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

This contrasts with a small reduction to 27% of the number considered ‘Inactive’ in the 55-74 age group. Inactive people are those considered to take part in less than 30 minutes of activity per week.

Whilst activity tends to decrease with age, 38% of those aged over 75 are considered ‘Active’ (up from last year), with a year on year decrease in inactivity in people over 75 to 49%.

Activity levels between men and women have remained roughly the same over the last three years: 61% of women are considered ‘Active’ and 26% ‘Inactive’ compared with 65% of men ‘Active’ and 24% ‘Inactive’.

For those living with disabilities or long-term conditions (LTCs), there has been an increase in the proportion considered ‘Active’ to 46% (up 2% from 2017/2018). Alongside this is a continued decrease in ‘Inactivity’ for people living with disabilities and long-term conditions by around 1% per year to the latest figure of 41%.

These figures are a testament to the brilliant work of the leisure sector, to ukactive and to Sport England in getting more people, more active, more often.

As our society ages, the need to provide attractive options for the older exerciser in leisure centres increases. Shapemaster is proud of the socio-economic benefits our power assisted exercise suites provide in leisure centres and other locations across the UK and internationally. The average age of Shapemaster members is 66, with a typical spread of 55 to 95.

Whilst men and women of all ages are attracted to Shapemaster suites, 80% of end users in leisure centres are women.

82% of Shapemaster end users are living with long-term health conditions and we invest in research into the use of power assisted exercise in support of their needs. We share this research with our operators through regular advanced training programmes and information packs.

We look forward to the continuation of the trends highlighted in the survey and will play our part in helping people to remain fit and healthy in the second half of their lives.