Key messages

  • Regular physical activity is essential to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the minimum levels of physical activity required for health and wellbeing.
  • The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015-2019 highlights physical activity as a priority issue for Victorians.

Physical activity is a key factor for health and wellbeing. Along with healthy eating, participating in regular physical activity is essential to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Physical inactivity is associated with an increased risk of ill-health and death, and has been linked to increased rates of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and depression.

Sedentary behaviour

Sedentary means sitting or lying down for long periods at a time and is associated with poorer health. A person may incorporate physical activity into their day, yet can still be considered sedentary if they spend a large amount of their day sitting or lying down at work, home, or while studying, travelling or during their leisure time.

Minimising the time spent sitting or lying down each day achieves better health outcomes.

Guidelines

Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines

Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines outline the minimum levels of physical activity required by different age groups to maintain their health and wellbeing. It also provides recommendations of daily routines to minimise sedentary behaviour.

Better Health Channel - physical activity

The Better Health Channel - Keeping active section provides current, quality assured and reliable information on physical activity to assist individuals and their communities improve their physical activity levels.

Victorian public health and wellbeing plan

The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015-2019 outlines the state government’s approach to preventive health. It highlights physical activity as a priority issue for promoting the health of Victorians.

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