Be active

Physical activity

Being physically active and limiting your sedentary behaviour every day is essential for your health and wellbeing.

Physical activity - is any activity that gets your body moving, makes your breathing become quicker, and your heart beat faster. Physical activity can be in many different forms and at different levels of intensity.

Moderate intensity physical activity - requires some effort, but still allows you to speak easily while undertaking the activity.

Vigorous intensity physical activity - requires more effort and makes you breathe harder and faster (“huff and puff”).

Australian Physical Activity Guidelines (Department of Health)

Children 5-17 years

For health benefits, children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity everyday.


Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some and gradually build up to the recommended amount. Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.

Older people aged 65 or older

Generally fit older people, who have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily. It's recommended that adults aged 65 or older do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days.


Doing any regular physical activity is better than doing none. Look for ways to add physical activity and to limit sedentary behaviour in your day and be a good role model for your family. Encouraging kids to be active each day establishes good habits that can stay with them throughout their lives.

For further information on please visit activity and sedentary behaviour

Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service

Get Healthy is a free*, confidential information and telephone based coaching service that helps adults make lifestyle changes in relation to healthy eating, being physically active and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Qualified Get Healthy coaches provide information, health coaching and support to help you achieve your health goals.

What does the service involve?

  • You will have your own personal, professional health coach to help you plan and achieve your health goals
  • Get Healthy offers you up to ten free and confidential coaching calls over a period of six months. Your coach keeps in touch by telephone on a regular basis and at times that suit you, between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays
  • You can discuss issues that make it difficult to improve your health, discuss ideas and tips to make you feel better and develop a plan that is achievable
  • Your coach understands that there are barriers to achieving better health and helps you identify them.

Call 1300 806 258 between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), from anywhere in South Australia to register, or visit the SA Health website and start your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

* Your first call to Get Healthy will be charged at local call cost, or as per your mobile plan. Once enrolled in the service there will be no call cost, as the coach calls you.


Aqua movement

A low impact, tailored physical activity class for people with varying disabilities. The program incorporates simple mobility and stretching exercises in a heated pool with some mild aerobic activities.

When: each Wednesday (during term time only - does not operate in school holidays)
Where: Noarlunga Leisure Centre, David Witton Drive, Noarlunga Centre
Cost: $5 per session

Class 1 - for those needing support in the water (2.15-3pm)
Class 2 - for those who are independent in the water (3-3.45pm)

For more information or to enrol please phone Marie on 8384 0661.

Heart Foundation Walking Groups

In conjunction with the Heart Foundation we continue to promote walking to encourage active lifestyles in the region for health and wellbeing benefits. Walking has a number of benefits for mind and body, such as reduced stress, enhanced mood, increased heart and lung fitness and a number of social benefits.

The Heart Foundation Walking Program is a free community initiative that uses local volunteer walk organisers to lead small groups of people on walks in their local area. Walking groups can vary from mums with prams, walkers walking with the four-legged friend or just neighbours getting together for a chat. Walks are scheduled on regular basis and are conducted in a fun, supportive and social atmosphere. Walk organisers are provided with training and resources including merchandise and CPR training.

With support from council, community members are encouraged to develop their own local walking group. All walkers receive incentives and awards from the Heart Foundation upon reaching significant milestones.

If you would like further information to establish a group in your local area, please contact Gail Burns, Recreation Services Officer on (08) 8301 7340 or email 

For a listing of all our Heart Foundation Walking Groups in our city please see below.

PDF icon png Heart Foundation Walking Group listing (489K)

For a full listing of Heart Foundation walking groups, please visit the Heart Foundation website.



Sports libraries

You don’t always have to buy your own sports gear. Residents can borrow sports and recreational equipment for from our Sports Libraries.

A wide range of equipment is available for FREE loan from our Aldinga, Hub, Seaford and Woodcroft libraries. Just bring your library card, or sign up for one.

PDF icon png Sports libraries brochure (1.4Mb)

Public Use Sporting Facilities

While we provide many sporting facilities, many of these are for structured participation and are the homes of many of our sporting clubs. We also provide community use sporting facilities that are freely accessible to all members of the community to improve your health and wellbeing.

The details of the type and location of these community sporting facilities is available on the Sporting Facilities page.

Recreation Centres

We own four Community Recreation Centres servicing the surrounding communities of Aldinga, Aberfoyle Park, Seaford and Noarlunga Centre. These centres offer a wide variety of sporting, fitness and leisure activities. So whether you want to join a team, participate in fitness classes or have a swim, view more information on our Recreation Centres (including opening times)..  

Sporting Clubs

Grass roots sporting clubs are integral to vibrant, activated and connected communities.  They deliver significant individual and community wide health and wellbeing benefits, broaden social networks and contribute to a sense of identity and a sense of place and belonging.  Over 11,000 playing members are currently participating in sporting clubs across the City of Onkaparinga. To find a club near you go to: Sport and Recreation Clubs.

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