Physical activity

Adults meeting recommended weekly physical activity levels

The recommended level of moderate/vigorous physical activity for adults is at least 150 minutes of moderately intensive physical activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both.

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Just over six in every ten adults (63%) in Greater Glasgow and Clyde achieve the recommended weekly levels of moderate/vigorous physical activity. This is slightly lower than the other health boards shown, but comparable with Scotland overall. 

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Fewer women achieved the recommended levels of physical activity compared to men.

The pattern of physical activity in Glasgow across the sexes was similar to that seen in the other health boards in Scotland. 

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Physical activity varies across area deprivation; 72% of those in the least deprived areas achieved the recommended levels of moderate/vigorous physical activity compared to 53% in the most deprived areas. 

Recommended physical activity levels

Meeting the recommended physical activity levels can be achieved through a variety of means, including sports, gardening, walking, through work, etc:

  • There are large differences in levels of active travel to work or school (such as walking/cycling) across Glasgow neighbourhoods 
  • The number of people cycling to and from the city has increased over the last few years
  • One in three Glaswegians have not participated in any sport over a 4 week period, which is higher than the national average
  • Who runs in Glasgow?: a 2012 report by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health shows that those from deprived areas are much less likely to take part in the large Glasgow fun runs.

Notes:

Information on physical activity in children in Glasgow is available in the children's indicators - physical activity is measured slightly different in children. 

Source: Scottish Health Survey 2013 to 2016.

Meets moderate/vigorous physical activity (MVPA) guidelines: at least 150 minutes of moderately intensive physical activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both. Physical activity is calculated from self report. Survey participants reported any physical activity in the last 4 weeks, that had lasted at least 10 minutes, across a number of different areas including home based activities (housework, gardening, DIY), walking, sports/exercise and activity at work. 

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