Appendix A Physical Activity Definition

Physical activity definitions

Vigorous intensity physical activity was defined as activity undertaken for fitness, recreation or sport that caused a large increase in the respondent's heart rate or breathing.

Moderate intensity physical activity was more moderate and not already reported as vigorous physical activity.

The level of activity reported is based on the following Sufficient Physical Activity measure:

InactiveNo walking, moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity
Insufficiently active Some activity* but not enough to reach the levels required for 'sufficiently active'
Sufficiently active (for health) 150 minutes of moderate/vigorous physical activity* from five or more sessions

*Vigorous physical activity time is multiplied by two.

Source: 4364.0.55.004 - Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity, 2011-12