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14 Jan 2014

Whether we’re young or old, as Australians we love to stay active. Sport is pretty much ingrained in the Australian way of life, but we don’t have to be participating at a competitive level to be enjoying the benefits of regular exercise. These benefits aren’t limited to our health either, there are also emotional and social advantages such as stress reduction and improved confidence.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 50% of Australians aged 50 and over participate in regular sport or physical recreation. But while a lot of us are out there swimming, running, casting, hiking and generally having fun, we may not realise just how beneficial these individual activities are for us!

In our 10 Most Popular Sports for Australians over 50 Infographic we look into exactly what we get out of our favourite sports and show you some fun facts along the way.

For example, did you know 47 different nations competed in the Australian Open singles draw last year? Or that cycling helps reduce anxiety and depression?

To see the full list of sports, health benefits and facts just click on the image to your right. We hope you find them as interesting as we did!

Tennis fans should also visit our Summer of Tennis hub to find out more about the health benefits of tennis as well as how you can get involved at a tennis club near you.

Apia 10 Most Popular Sports for Australians Over 50

 


SOURCES:

ABS, ‘4177.0 – Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia’ 2011-12

http://www.tennis.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/AO2013_Fact-Sheet_Flip-book-low-res.pdf