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Page updated: 09 August 2011

The Physical Activity Taskforce has ceased operation and this website is no longer updated.

Updated: 09 August 2011

Why be Active?

Why be Active?

Being active is good for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. People of all ages can benefit and improve the quality of their lives and enhance their physical and mental health through a life-long practice of moderate intensity physical activity.

Benefits of Physical Activity

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

Co-benefits of Physical Activity

There are significant health and social, economic and environment and sustainability benefits to be gained when members of the community are more physically active.

Evidence Base

Research presented over the past ten years increasingly shows that physical inactivity is a major public health issue throughout the western world, including Australia.

National Physical Activity Guidelines

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing have developed a set of national physical activity guidelines for children, adults and older Australians.

Physical Activity Settings

There are many opportunities for you to be active in your work, school, community, or home. Check out the below links for ways you can find an activity that suits you.

Why Use Active Transportation?

Active transport is defined as physical activity undertaken as a means of transport and not purely as a form of recreation. It is a great way to keep healthy and fit, save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Why Walk?

Walking is the most popular type of physical activity amongst Western Australian adults, and the one exercise in which people across all age-groups can participate. It is accessible to all social groups, religions and cultures. It is also free and can be done almost anywhere, without special equipment.