Table 6.6: Barriers to being more active, 2018, by age and sex

Base: Aged 16 and over who did not take part in any sport / exercise in past month 2018
Barriers to being more activea Age Total
16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+
% % % % % % % %
Men It costs too much * [13] 12 6 3 1 - 6
No one to do it with * [-] 2 1 - 2 1 1
Never occurred to me * [-] 12 1 1 3 5 4
Not really interested * [19] 22 19 17 17 13 19
Fear of injury/making current injury worse * [5] 4 9 7 6 3 6
Wouldn't enjoy it * [2] 17 2 2 0 2 5
Health isn't good enough * [14] 24 28 33 41 51 30
Might feel uncomfortable or out of place * [8] 1 1 - 3 1 3
Facilities are too far away * [5] 2 4 4 1 0 3
Not enough information on what is available * [-] - 2 - 1 - 1
It's difficult to find the time * [40] 46 38 31 13 5 30
Respondent already does enough * [2] 6 6 8 9 10 7
Other reason * [8] 3 5 5 2 7 5
No reason * [7] 7 6 9 14 13 9
Weather * [9] - 2 6 3 - 3
Women It costs too much [16] 10 7 6 4 2 0 5
No one to do it with [7] 2 0 5 4 2 2 3
Never occurred to me [8] - 4 1 1 3 4 3
Not really interested [22] 10 12 16 16 20 16 16
Fear of injury/making current injury worse [7] 1 3 8 8 7 8 6
Wouldn't enjoy it [2] 7 3 5 3 6 1 4
Health isn't good enough [14] 12 14 29 31 39 56 31
Might feel uncomfortable or out of place [12] 10 5 3 3 2 - 4
Facilities are too far away [-] 2 1 3 3 3 3 2
Not enough information on what is available [-] - - - 1 2 - 0
It's difficult to find the time [31] 50 55 35 31 14 3 29
Respondent already does enough [2] 10 7 7 12 12 10 9
Other reason [2] 15 7 5 2 1 4 5
No reason [16] 5 5 5 10 8 6 7
Weather [-] - - 1 3 0 - 1
All adults It costs too much 17 11 9 6 4 2 0 6
No one to do it with 5 1 1 3 2 2 2 2
Never occurred to me 7 - 7 1 1 3 4 3
Not really interested 28 14 16 17 16 18 15 17
Fear of injury/making current injury worse 4 3 3 8 7 7 6 6
Wouldn't enjoy it 9 5 9 4 3 3 2 4
Health isn't good enough 8 13 18 28 32 40 54 30
Might feel uncomfortable or out of place 11 9 4 2 2 2 0 3
Facilities are too far away - 3 1 3 3 2 2 2
Not enough information on what is available - - - 1 1 1 - 1
It's difficult to find the time 39 46 51 37 31 14 4 30
Respondent already does enough 3 6 7 7 11 10 10 8
Other reason 4 12 5 5 4 1 5 5
No reason 12 6 6 5 9 11 9 8
Weather - 4 - 2 4 2 - 2
Unweighted bases Men 29 46 65 98 109 138 115 600
Women 42 81 103 137 153 193 157 866
All adults 71 127 168 235 262 331 272 1466
Weighted bases Men 52 66 73 112 111 104 81 600
Women 54 85 93 133 127 137 128 757
All adults 106 151 167 245 238 241 209 1357

a Respondents selected as many categories as applied
Asterisks denote that the interpretation of the data is not possible due to very low bases for these sub-groups - subgroup base < 30. Square brackets around numbers denote that interpretation of the data should be cautious due to low bases for these sub-groups


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