RESIDENTS in Warwick district are among the most active in the country.
Figures from Sport England have revealed the number of people in the district taking regular exercise is higher than the national average.
The ‘Active Lives’ survey provides an overview of sport and physical activity levels among those over 16 in England.
And it has shown the district has the highest ‘active’ population at almost 71 per cent – around ten per cent higher than the national average.
Warwick District Council is continuing with its long-term investment in sport and leisure which, over the last five years, has seen a multi-million pound refurbishment of council-owned leisure centres in Leamington and Warwick.
Work is also starting this year to build brand new facilities at Abbey Fields and Castle Farm in Kenilworth.
WDC leisure spokesman Liam Bartlett said the statistics were encouraging and reflected fitness opportunities across the district.
He added: “We are so lucky to have a fantastic range of inclusive clubs and groups in our community mainly run by volunteers including three park-runs, football, bowls, netball, cycling, running, dance, rugby, swimming, karate, yoga, hockey, cricket and water-sports.
“Although a vast majority of people in our district are active, it’s also important that we introduce those who aren’t currently participating to the health benefits of taking regular exercise.
“Losing weight and building fitness levels can greatly reduce risks of illness or hospitalisation from Covid-19 and also some common cancers, blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. We are therefore delighted to see the resurgence of local well-being walks with several taking place each week across Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth.”
He reminded Kenilworth residents a list of fitness providers and activities were available at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20003/leisure while the leisure centres undergo improvement work.