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- Governments have a central role in providing evidence-based guidelines for health and lifestyle enhancing physical activity across all age-groups.
- Governments and stakeholders can use physical activity guidelines to shape policy and implement relevant strategies.
- The total economic cost of physical inactivity to the Australian economy is substantial, it consists of increased health care costs, lost productivity, and premature mortality.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a global strategy on physical activity, advocating a mixture of ‘top-down’ and community-based actions.
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How much activity to aim for
We support Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines. They recommend for adults:
- Any physical activity is better than none. It’s fine to start with a little, and build up.
- Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
- Aim to accumulate 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity each week.
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week
Walking and cycling are popular activities that can take many different forms, including: leisure-time activity, exercise and fitness, recreation, sport, and walking or cycling used as a mode of transport. Active transport refers to unassisted travel (walking) or non-motorised (bicycle) transportation with an intended destination. There is a great deal of overlap or synergy between walking and cycling used as active transport and similar activity intended for social, recreational, and health outcomes.
Active transport has many demonstrated benefits – personal (health and fitness), social (community connectivity), environmental (reduced carbon footprint) and economic (infrastructure costs).
- Walking and cycling used as a mode of transport can contribute to personal health and fitness objectives.
- Engaging in active transport can have positive economic, environmental and social outcomes.
- Active transport is one of the most effective means of increasing levels of physical activity within a community.
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This page contains Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines including links to brochures, a summary fact sheet for each of the guidelines, tips and ideas for how to be physically active, as well as evidence review reports.