- Regular physical activity is essential to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines outline the minimum levels of physical activity required for health and wellbeing.
- Increasing active living is a focus area of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019-2023.
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 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.
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
Victorian public health and wellbeing plan
Information for participants (English)
Reviewed 18 December 2019