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3-5. Physical activity (exercise)

3-5-1. Physical activity in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-5-2. Physical activity in South Australia – by age and sex

3-5-3. Physical activity in South Australia – by socio-economic status

3-5-4. Physical activity in Australia – by state and territory

3-5-5. Physical activity – Aboriginal people

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3-5-1. Physical activity in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2016, under half (48.9%) of South Australians aged 18 years and older reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey1.
  • The rate in metropolitan Adelaide (50.8%) is statistically significantly higher compared to Country SA (44.6%)1.
  • A statistically significant declining trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting undertaking 150 minutes of physical activity per week was identified, both for metropolitan Adelaide and Country SA residents1.

 

Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2016
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide LHN 46.8%
Central Adelaide LHN 52.6%
Southern Adelaide LHN 52.6%
Metropolitan Adelaide 50.8%
Country SA LHN 44.6%
South Australia 48.9%
Australia n.a.

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Data source: SA Health 2017

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3-5-2. Physical activity in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2016, the proportion of males in South Australia aged 18 years or more who reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey (52.7%) was higher than their female counterparts (45.5%)1.
  • The proportion is also inversely correlated with age1.

 


Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2016
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 69.8% 70.0%
25-34 72.1% 64.3%
35-44 57.2% 44.1%
45-54 48.3% 43.7%
55-64 43.0% 37.3%
65-74 44.0% 38.1%
75+ 35.0% 19.9%
All ages 52.7% 45.5%

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Data source: SA Health 2017

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3-5-3. Physical activity in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2016 there was a statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live1.
  • The proportion recorded in areas constituting South Australia's top socio-economic (SES) quintile (59.1%) is 20.6 percentage points higher than the lowest SES quintile (38.5%)1.

 

Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2016
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 38.5%
Low SES 47.9%
Middle SES 45.7%
High SES 53.9%
Highest SES 59.1%

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Data source: SA Health 2017

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3-5-4. Physical activity in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2013-14 Participation in Sport and Physical Activity survey of people aged 15 years. It is therefore not directly comparable to the 2016 information presented in 3-5-1 to 3-5-3 above from the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System survey.
  • The national survey found that three out of every five (60.9%) South Australians aged 15 years and over participated in a sport or physical activity at least once during the 12 months prior to the survey. This is slightly lower than the 62.3% reported in the previous release of survey data (for 2011-12)2.
  • The South Australian rate is about the same as the Australia-wide rate of 60.2% and, although higher than Queensland, is towards the lower end of the scale when considered against the other states and territories2.

 


Participated in a sport or physical recreational activity at least once in previous year (aged 15+ years), 2013-14
State/Territory %
Queensland 53.6%
Victoria 60.9%
South Australia 60.9%
New South Wales 61.4%
Northern Territory 62.1%
Western Australia 63.0%
Tasmania 67.3%
Australian Capital Territory 72.9%
Australia 60.2%

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Data source: ABS 2015

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3-5-5. Physical activity – Aboriginal people

  • In 2012, just over half of Aboriginal people in South Australia aged 15 years or more reported undertaking sufficient physical activity – 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity – in the week prior to the survey3.
  • However, the rates varied across the regions of South Australia covered by the survey, with metropolitan Adelaide recording the highest rate at 53.3% and Remote SA recording the lowest at 37.9%3.
  • The overall Country SA rate of 47.3% is not statistically significantly lower than the metropolitan Adelaide rate of 53.3%3.

 


Undertake sufficient physical activity per week - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2012
Region %
Metropolitan Adelaide 53.3%
Rural SA 51.1%
Remote SA* 37.9%
Country SA 47.3%
South Australia 51.6%
Australia n.a.

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* Survey did not include APY Lands

Data source: University of Adelaide 2012


Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System customised extract 2017, Population Health Surveys, SA Health, Adelaide.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2015), ‘Table 2 PERSONS PARTICIPATING IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL RECREATION, Top 55 activities, By sex’, Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2013-14, cat. no. 4177.0, viewed 1 June 2016.
  3. Based on Taylor, A, Marin, T, Avery, J & Dal Grande, E 2012, 'Appendix A: A10.3 Physical activity,' South Australian Aboriginal health survey, Population research and outcome studies, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.