3-5. Physical activity (exercise)
3-5-1. Physical activity in South Australia – by Local Health Network
- In 2015, just under half (47.5%) 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 survey.
- The rate in metropolitan Adelaide (49.2%) is statistically significantly higher compared to Country SA residents (43.3%).
- No statistically significant underlying trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting undertaking 150 minutes of physical activity per week was identified, either for metropolitan Adelaide or Country SA residents.
|Local Health Network||%|
|Northern Adelaide LHN||46.1%|
|Central Adelaide LHN||51.8%|
|Southern Adelaide LHN||48.8%|
|Country SA LHN||43.3%|
3-5-2. Physical activity in South Australia – by age and sex
- In 2015, 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 (53.6%) was higher than their female counterparts (42.0%).
- The proportion is also inversely correlated with age.
3-5-3. Physical activity in South Australia – by socio-economic status
- There is 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 live.
- The proportion recorded in areas constituting South Australia's top socio-economic (SES) quintile (54.2%) is 12.4 percentage points higher than the lowest SES quintile (41.8%).
|Socio-economic status (SES)||%|
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 2015 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).
- 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 territories.
|New South Wales||61.4%|
|Australian Capital Territory||72.9%|
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 survey.
- 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%.
- The overall Country SA rate of 47.3% is not statistically significantly lower than the metropolitan Adelaide rate of 53.3%.
* Survey did not include APY Lands
- Based on Health Information Portal database 2016, 'Management Reporting, Reports, South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System Online, Physical activity', SA Health, Adelaide, accessed 14 December 2016.
- Based on 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.
- 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.