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Updated: 28 November 2011

The Benefits of Physical Activity

Benefits of Physical Activity

Increasing physical activity levels has real benefits for families, communities and for us as individuals.

Active communities are more connected, cohesive and productive, and reduce the environmental impacts of car dependence. 

Active living also reduces the risk of breast cancer, depression and falls. The direct costs attributable to physical inactivity which contributes to these conditions is estimated to be $13.8 billion nationally per year[1].

Some of the key benefits[2] to be gained from a more physically active community are wider than physical and health benefits alone and include social, environmental and economic outcomes:

  • reducing the risk of chronic diseases;
  • managing weight;
  • improving social capital, skills and networks by reducing isolation and loneliness;
  • reducing traffic congestion;
  • reducing crime;
  • producing health savings;
  • assisting in the management of anxiety; and,
  • assisting young people to develop healthy musculoskeletal tissues and cardiovascular systems.

 


Reference List

1. Medibank Private, The cost of physical inactivity, 2008,  http://www.medibank.com.au/Client/Documents/Pdfs/The_Cost_Of_Physical_Inactivity_08.pdf

2. Department of Sport and Recreation WA, Benefits of Physical Activity: facts and stats, 2008, http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au//assets/files/Fact_Sheets/Benefits_of_Physical_Activity.pdf