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Keeping physically active is important for staying healthy. Physical exercise is good for a person's social and emotional wellbeing and reduces the risks of heart problems, diabetes, and some cancers .
The 2012-13 AATSIHS reported 46% of Indigenous adults living in non-remote areas had met a target of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days (or a total of 150 minutes per week) . More Indigenous men than Indigenous women living in non-remote areas met the target of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (51% compared with (41%) and reported they had exercised for at least 150 minutes over five sessions in the previous week (44% compared with 36%). Indigenous men were more likely than Indigenous women to have exercised at moderate intensity (31% compared with 25%) and were twice as likely to have exercised at high intensity (14% compared with 7%) in the previous week.
In 2012-13, 62% of Indigenous adults reported that they were physically inactive (sedentary or had exercised at a low level) in the week prior to the survey; this level of physical inactivity was slightly higher than that for non-Indigenous adults .