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Record-breaking 22.7 million Brits were active on National Fitness Day, ukactive reveals

December 10, 2021

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According to new statistics released by ukactive, nearly 30 million people took part in physical activity on National Fitness Day. September 22nd 2021 has become a record day for physical activity, improving on 2020 standards where just over 19 million people took part.

The theme of the day was ‘Fitness Unites Us’ and was coordinated by ukactive in partnership with the TRX Training Club. After such a successful day, showing how fitness had the capacity to unite the nation, ukactive has called for the event to be fully backed across the political spectrum.

In attendance were the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Olympic diving gold medallist Matty Lee and Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. The three of them met with members of the public and joined a group exercise session led by TRX Training Club.

CEO of ukactive Huw Edwards added:

“These figures show the incredible impact of National Fitness Day and the power of our sector to reach millions of new people and really get the nation moving more.”

The figures for the day showed that:

  • 11.35 million children (up from 8.67 million in 2020) and 11.32 million adults (up from 10.45 million in 2020) were estimated to have been active on National Fitness Day.
  • 4,365 free activities and events took place across the UK, either physically or online, according to the National Fitness Day Activity Finder, in addition to many more.
  • 18.26 million adults (an estimated 35% of the population) said they were aware of National Fitness Day (an increase from 32% in 2020).
  • 44.04 million people – the media reach of the 2021 campaign, through TV, radio and press coverage (up from 29.15 million in 2020).


This year marked its 10th anniversary, making it clear that the event is going from strength to strength.

To find out more about the results, see here.

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