Active recreation is leisure time physical activity undertaken outside of structured, competition sport. It is a set of activities within the wider range of physical activity options that also include active living, active transport and sport.
Victorians participate in almost 775 million hours of exercise, recreation and sporting activities each year.
Significantly, 80 per cent of this time is classified as active recreation.
Changes in society mean that people are increasingly time constrained, and although they are more health conscious, they are now more likely to choose flexible options that fit their busy schedules and allow for personal goals and definitions of success, rather than the traditional structured time and place requirements of organised sport.
The most popular physical activities are predominantly individual exercise activities:
Around $8.3 billion is spent each year on active recreation in Victoria, which supports 51,000 full-time equivalent jobs. In 2017, Victorians received wellbeing benefits valued at $3.8 billion from participating in active recreation.
Find out more about the economic impacts of active recreation in Victoria: