There are significant inequalities between the activity levels of different socio-economic groups; those from lower socio-economic groups are less likely to be active than those from higher socio-economic groups. It’s important to note that this is a diverse group that interconnect with, and are amplified by, race, gender, age and disability status.
We know that those who are in routine or semi-routine jobs, and those who are long-term unemployed are the groups least likely to be active. The activity levels of people with low socio-economic status are influenced by a range of complex social, economic, political and cultural factors. It’s important to have an understanding of the barriers faced by these communities so that we can begin to design activity back into daily life. Here you will find the latest research related to the physical activity and sport levels, motivations and barriers related to socio-economic status.
Walking, cycling and multi-modal forms of active travel can significantly contribute to meeting the recommended levels of physical activity. This section explores some of the evidence in more detail.
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