Physical activity is an important part of a healthy, active life and can prevent unhealthy weight gain and maintain or improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Meanwhile, insufficient physical activity is associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain cancers.
Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend that adults do at least 2 ½ hours of moderate intensity physical activity each week (i.e. 30 minutes per day). Children should be physically active for 1-3 hours per day, depending on their age.
Australia's Health 2016 reports that 45% of adults are not sufficiently active for health benefits, and less than one quarter of children meet the national physical activity recommendations every day.
ACDPA has developed position statements and submissions on physical activity policy. See the ACDPA submissions to the Australian National Sports Plan and World Health Organization Global Action Plan on Physical Activity.
Link to other ACDPA resources
Sources: AIHW Evidence for chronic disease risk factors; AIHW Australia's Health 2016; AIHW Risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease 2015; Department of Health Physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines 2014; AIHW Cancer in Australia 2014.