People in MK now more active than the average

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People in Milton Keynes are more active than the national average, according to results of a survey.

The Active People Survey results, released this week by Sport England, show that many more people across the borough are becoming more active and playing sport.

A total of 41.8 per cent of adults in Milton Keynes now take part in sport at least once every week – compared to the national average of 35.7.

The number of people who take part in sport – or some form of active recreation – three times a week, has also increased.

During the period October 2012 to October 2013, 28.3 per cent of those over 16 years in Milton Keynes took part in sport and active recreation, at a moderate intensity, for at least 30 minutes three times per week. That represents a significant increase from 22.5 per cent the year before.

The increase in number of people taking part in sport is being linked to the success of the London 2012 Olympics and its legacy of getting more people active, more often.

“This shows the borough is striving towards Sport England’s aim of seeing more people taking on and keeping a sporting habit for life,” said Richard Davis, the council’s sports development manager.

He added: “More people are getting their trainers on and pounding the streets, picking up a racket, joining a gym, taking a plunge at their local pool or doing whatever it takes to improve their fitness, health and quality of life.”