Overview

Regular physical activity and a healthy diet are important factors in maintaining a healthy weight. Ensuring that you get enough exercise is also an important factor in preventing and managing chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Latest findings

4 in 10 Australian adults did the recommended amount of muscle strengthening activities in 2017–18

In 2017–18, the most popular activities included gym workouts, running, swimming and cycling for both men and women

Younger adults were more likely to be doing sufficient muscle strengthening activities than older adults in 2017–18

12% of children and 2% of adolescents met the physical activity and screen-based behaviour guidelines in 2011–12

In 2017–18, 23% of adults met the muscle strengthening activity guidelines (22% of women and 25% of men)

17% of 2–5 year olds met the physical activity and screen-based behaviour guidelines on 7 days in 2011–12

More reports and statistics on physical activity can be found under Food & nutrition and Overweight & obesity.