Physical wellbeing

From helping to prevent and manage medical conditions to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, the benefits of sport and activity on a person's physical wellbeing are profound

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We want to encourage people to get active in ways that deliver the most for their physical wellbeing. 

Being active can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30-40% and can reduce the risk of a range of medical conditions, including cancer, dementia, strokes, heart disease and depression. But only 56% of adults are physically active for the 150 minutes each week which are part of recommendations by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

The figures are lower still for children and physical inactivity costs the UK an estimated £7.4bn each year.

To help measure the impact of sport and activity on physical wellbeing, we'll use our Active Lives Adult Survey

The evidence

A large amount of evidence points to the beneficial impact of sport and physical activity in terms of prevention of ill health, therapeutic and management effects (particularly for people affected by cancer), improvements in strength, balance, movement and motor skills, and maintaining a healthy body weight. 

Other physical wellbeing outcomes evidenced includes improved quality of sleep, increased energy levels, healthy early years development, reduced unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, reduced mortality, effective pain management and improved quality of life in ageing.

Bearing in mind the many serious implications of a lack of physical wellbeing, we strongly support any organisation that wishes to develop their own project for increasing physical wellbeing in their community.

The industry standard for measuring the effectiveness of physical wellbeing is the percentage of people meeting CMO physical activity guidelines and the percentage doing less than 30 minutes physical activity each week.

Bearing in mind the many serious implications of a lack of physical wellbeing, we strongly support any organisation that wishes to develop their own project for increasing physical wellbeing in their community.

Creating your own project for physical wellbeing

We have created a tool to help evaluate the effectiveness of your own physical wellbeing project. The Sport England evaluation framework has been developed to evaluate funding streams and projects effectively and help you get maximum value from measurement and evaluation (M&E).

It's designed to provide users with easy-to-follow guidance and resources to help you develop your own approach to measuring and evaluating work undertaken. Building the six steps of the framework into programme planning and implementation will assist users in getting the most from M&E.

What your project could achieve

  • The prevention of medical conditions
  • Management of medical conditions
  • Maintenance of strength, balance and motor skills
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy levels
  • Healthy development in early years.

Things your project could include

  • More intense activity
  • More regular activity
  • A winder range of activity (resistance, aerobic, weight, bearing)
  • More physical activity as part of a wider healthy lifestyle (eg in relation to diet, weight management)

Get in touch

Details of our available funds can be found here.

If you've got a project or an idea that impacts on physical wellbeing and you want to share it with us, please email funding@sportengland.org, or call us on 0345 850 8508.