Video: Brummies the least active residents in the West Midlands - what can be done to encourage exercise?

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Sport England data has revealed that Brumies are the least active people in the West Midlands. We ask local people about what needs to be done to encourage more healthy activity

Adults here in Birmingham are said to be the least active on average across the West Midlands according to figures by Sport England. I'm here today in Birmingham to ask the people here what can be done to get Brummies to get up and active more often.

Mark gives his advice to Brummies on how to be more activeMark gives his advice to Brummies on how to be more active
Mark gives his advice to Brummies on how to be more active

Mark says: “I don't know specifically for brummies, but for me, I do quite a bit of active exercise and I think some of that's finding what you love, so I find trying things that you like because I think I've done a lot of, whether it's walking, whether it's running, boot camps, gyms, you have to kind of try lots of things before you find the thing you enjoy to be active because some things can put you off.

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“So I think once you've found the activity that you like, whether that's jujitsu or that's boxing or whether that's running, walking, mountain climbing, you have to find the thing you enjoy so it doesn't feel like exercising. I think once you nail that, that's probably where you'll win.”

Janice shares her thoughts on how to encourage Brummies to exercise moreJanice shares her thoughts on how to encourage Brummies to exercise more
Janice shares her thoughts on how to encourage Brummies to exercise more

Janice says: “I think if the government was to encourage people to go and exercise and make it a lot cheaper and more accessible, I think people would be more happy to do exercise. I think it's a bit expensive and the gyms are quite busy because I go to the gym and they're very, very busy. So it's having more facilities and more choices of different things that people might be interested in.”

Matt in Birmingham shares his thoughts on encouraging greater activity among BrummiesMatt in Birmingham shares his thoughts on encouraging greater activity among Brummies
Matt in Birmingham shares his thoughts on encouraging greater activity among Brummies

Matt says: “I think a way to encourage Brummies to get out is just ensuring places they can get out are safe, green spaces just around the city, make sure they're inclusive and just enabling a lot of people to get out there and as well probably local transport links to green spaces for example, just giving people the right amount of opportunity to get out somewhere and if they're in more urban areas, making sure that they're safely lit and just making sure again safety is a top priority for people.”

The good news is that two million more people are exercising regularly compared to the last survey conducted in 2016 - with 57% of respondents claiming they exercised for more than two and a half hours every week - compared to 60% across the wider West Midlands.

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