ADULTS in Barnsley are less active than they were before the pandemic, a survey has revealed.

Sport England said its Active Lives survey shows a strong recovery across England after Covid-19 impacted people’s exercise habits, but added a significant proportion of the population are still not meeting the recommended amount of activity.

The survey reveals 56.6 per cent of 506 respondents aged over 16 in Barnsley said they were active in the year to November 2022, exercising for more than two-and-a-half hours a week.

This is down from 60.9 per cent who said they were active pre-pandemic in 2018-19.

However, it is a slight increase from 56.2 per cent in 2020-21, when Covid-19 heavily impacted activity levels.

The figures show 29.8 per cent of adults in Barnsley said they were inactive above the national average of 25.8 per cent.

A further 13.6 per cent said they were fairly active, exercising between 30 to 149 minutes a week.