Increase in Physical Activity during COVID

Missing Sport 

Across the pandemic, sport and physical activity has been interrupted constantly. With the abrupt stop to sport in April 2020, 44% of Australia chose not to participate in sports activities, which dropped to 26% in March 2021 after sport was consistently back up and running. 

The main reason for adults not returning to sport yet were concerns about COVID while for children it was because sport hadn’t fully started up again. 

Increase in Cycling 

According to the report, there were an additional 624,000 bike riders across Australia between 2019-2020. There has been a significant increase in bike sales and in NSW we’re also seeing the number of bike riders rise


“COVID has and will continue to impact how we participate in sport and physical activity. It has been great to see people doing more unorganised sport and we’ve seen many bike paths booming across NSW,” said Bicycle NSW Communications Manager, Kim Lavender. 

“These numbers show the importance of both organised and unorganised physical activity in keeping communities active and living a healthy lifestyle.”  

With COVID-19 restrictions yet again impacting organised sport, we encourage everyone to keep being active whether it’s a bike ride, walk, swim, yoga, fishing etc. Stay safe everyone and keep active. 

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