Physical activity can take many different forms, in many different places. You can be active at home, at school, at work and in the community, as part of leisure time, travel, active play, organised and non-organised sports, games or physical education. Information on how to be more active is available for all age groups on the Tips and Ideas sheets.
Tips and Ideas for:
- Infants and young children (0-5 years) (PDF 512 KB) | HTML
- Children (5-12 years) (PDF 553 KB) | HTML
- Young People (13-17 years) (PDF 553 KB) | HTML
- Adults (18-64 years) (PDF 530 KB) | HTML
- Older Australians (65 years and older) (PDF 607 KB) | HTML
What are the benefits?For Infants (Birth to 1 year), Toddlers (1 to 3 years) and Pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years), being physically active every day is fun and can:
- Help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Build strong bones and muscles.
- Improve balance, movement and coordination skills.
- Promote social skills through interactions with people.
- Support brain development.
- Encourage self-confidence and independence.
Social benefits, like:
- Opportunities for fun with friends and family.
- Reduced anti-social behaviour, including aggressive and disruptive actions.
- Helping to develop cooperation and teamwork skills.
- Improved self-esteem and confidence.
- Help with management of anxiety and stress.
- Improved concentration.
- Promotion of healthy growth and development.
- Strong muscles and bones.
- Improved physical fitness, including coordination and movement skills.
- Reduced risk of disease and unhealthy weight gain.
- Reduce the risk of, or help manage, type 2 diabetes.
- Reduce the risk of, or help manage, cardiovascular disease (CVD).
- Maintain and/or improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
- Reduce the risk of, and assist with rehabilitation from, some cancers.
- Prevent unhealthy weight gain and assist with weight loss.
- Build strong muscles and bones.
- Create opportunities for socialising and meeting new people.
- Help to prevent and manage mental health problems.
- Help to develop and maintain overall physical and mental well-being.
Being physically active makes you look and feel better.
- Gives you more energy.
- Helps you sleep better.
- Helps you to relax.
- Helps you to meet people and make friends.
- Is fun.
- Tones your body.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Improves concentration.
- Improves self-confidence.
- Reduces feelings of sadness.
- Helps to control:
- weight (and reduces body fat);
- blood pressure;
- type 2 diabetes; and
- bone and joint problems (e.g. arthritis).
- Reduces the risk of:
- heart disease;
- stroke; and
- some cancers.
- Helps to manage pain.
- Helps to maintain and increase joint movement.
- Helps to prevent falls and injury.
Move more, sit less, every day!
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