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Walking and swimming top the list of favourite West Berkshire activities

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Walking is the most popular activity in West Berkshire, with swimming a close second.

Figures from a survey informing the district’s leisure strategy also shows that more people have joined private health clubs than council owned leisure centres.

Cycling, yoga, Pilates and running are the next most popular activities, with fewest of those asked citing rugby, football and athletics as their mode of activity.

Walking is the most popular activity in West Berkshire
Walking is the most popular activity in West Berkshire

The survey forms part of West Berkshire Council’s leisure strategy document, but more than half those who responded to it were female.

Most, around 52 per cent, said their current level of participation in active leisure is about the same as it was before the pandemic.

Around 42 per cent said they would participate more regularly if they knew what was going on and what was available, as well as cheaper access to leisure centres and swimming.

The greatest number of those asked said the reason they did not take part in activities was because they are too busy.

The survey, along with the Leisure Strategy for West Berkshire, was due to go before the Health and Wellbeing Committee on Friday.

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