Why is Active Living important?
Currently just over half of the NSW population meets the recommended level of at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. There is considerable opportunity for all of us to be more active, more often.
The good news is that active living need not be difficult or expensive - it's as simple as taking steps to integrate physical activity into our daily routines - whether at work, at home, in our leisure time and by the choices we make around transport.
There is a rapidly growing body of evidence, which demonstrates that being active in everyday life not only has substantial positive impacts on our health, but also has potential environmental, social and economic benefits. To assist and support leaders in the public, private and community sectors to make decisions that will facilitate and encourage active living, PCAL has summarised in this Active Living Statement the key evidence demonstrating the benefits of active living and the individual and social costs of a sedentary lifestyle.