Table 2

Overview of the moderate-to-vigorous physical activity surveillance methods of the UK national surveys

CountrySurveyCurrent questionnaireLatest prevalence estimate
EnglandActive Lives Survey
  • 4-week recall period

  • Frequency of sessions, duration of average session

  • Walking, cycling, sport and exercise activities, dance, gardening

  • Asked of all ≥16 years

Aged ≥16 years:
62%
M: 65% W: 60%
(2017–2018)21
Health Survey for England
  • 4-week recall period

  • Frequency of sessions, duration of average session

  • Walking, heavy housework, gardening/manual, sport and exercises, six items on occupational activity

  • Included approximately every 4 years

  • Asked of all aged ≥16 years, data reported for ≥16, ≥19, 19–64, ≥65 years

Aged ≥19 years:
62%
M: 66% W: 58%
(2016)33
Northern IrelandHealth Survey for Northern Ireland
  • Same as the Health Survey for England

  • Asked of all aged ≥16 years, reported for ≥19 years

Aged ≥19 years:
55%
M: 61% W: 51%
(2016–2017)66
ScotlandScottish Health Survey
  • Same as the Health Surveys for England and Northern Ireland with two exceptions: single item on occupational activity and a greater number of sport and exercise activities prompted

  • Asked of all aged ≥16 years

  • Included annually

Aged ≥16 years:
65%
M: 71% W: 60%
(2017)34
WalesNational Survey for Wales
  • 7-day recall period

  • Specific daily durations of walking, moderate, vigorous intensity activity

  • Only asked of a subsample in some survey years

  • Asked of all aged ≥16 years

Aged ≥16 years:
54%
M: 57% W: 51%
(2016–2017)67
  • M, men; W, women.