Active Living

It is important to be active every day. Research shows us that the more time we spend sitting and the less active we are, the greater our risk of health problems such as type-2 diabetes.

Move more, sit less: aim for 150 minutes of activity each weeks and minimise the amount of time you spend sitting each day.



The National Physical Activity Guidelines encourage Australian adults to aim for 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity per weeks, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise. This equals 30-60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

Guide to physical activity levels


Activities using little to no energy such as sitting or lying down.


Activities using some energy, such as standing, moving around the home or workplace.


Activities that require some effort, but you can still hold a conversation. For example, walking briskly, gentle swimming, or social tennis.


Activities that make you huff and puff, so talking is difficult. For example jogging, aerobics, football or netball.


To learn more about physical activity, visit the Heart Foundation 'Active Living' webpage.