The Economic Benefits of Reducing Physical Inactivity

This article describes how physical inactivity has major impacts on health and productivity. The article estimates the health and economic benefits of reducing the prevalence of physical inactivity in the 2008 Australian adult population. The economic benefits were estimated as ‘opportunity cost savings’, which represent resources utilized in the treatment of preventable disease that are potentially available for re-direction to another purpose from fewer incident cases of disease occurring in communities.