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Logan residents are active leaders in keeping fit

Published: 27 September 2019

Logan residents are active leaders in keeping fit
Cycling and walking are popular fitness activities among many Logan residents.

A new survey shows Logan residents are above the national average when it comes to physical activity.

The Active Logan Participation Study monitored City of Logan residents’ levels of physical activity, use of sporting and recreational facilities and motivations and barriers to participating.

Logan City Council partnered with Griffith University to collect data from 914 adults and 264 children and youths (aged five to 17) in October and November last year.

Community Services Director Katie Barton-Harvey said the survey showed 64 per cent of Logan adults aged 18 to 64 were meeting physical activity recommendations.

These recommendations include at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in a week, or an equivalent combination of both.

Logan’s score is higher than 2017/18 National Health Survey results for Queensland (51 per cent) and Australia (55 per cent).

For those aged 17 and younger, 38 per cent met the recommendation of at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Walking was the activity most favoured by adults in the City of Logan.

Other popular activities included fitness/gym workouts (23 per cent), swimming (12 per cent), running/jogging (9 per cent), bushwalking (8 per cent) and cycling (8 per cent).

Swimming was the activity most frequently done outside of school for those aged 17 and under.

This was the second time Council had undertaken an active participation study.

Ms Barton-Harvey said Council would now periodically undertake similar studies as part of its Active Logan Strategy 2016-2028.

“Our Sport and Recreation team will use the findings and recommendations to inform investment, programming, capital infrastructure, community initiatives and programs aimed at increasing Logan residents' levels of physical activity,” she said.

“Council is keen to promote and encourage active lifestyles, activate our sport and leisure facilities and inspire the next generation of leaders to be fit and active throughout their lives.”

The City of Logan boasts 931 parks, six aquatic centres, three indoor sports facilities, three health and fitness centres, 187 community, sports and recreation facilities and vast tracts of green space.

“Through our Get Active Programs and wide range of facilities, we hope there is something for everybody when it comes to physical activity in Logan, Ms Barton-Harvey said.

“Whether it is walking the dog in a park, playing basketball at Mount Warren Sports Centre, using the gym at Logan Metro or going for a swim in our new, mobility accessible heated pool at Beenleigh, a healthy lifestyle is always accessible in Logan,” Ms Barton-Harvey said.