Warm weather and sport are a natural combination for encouraging you to get fit and have some fun. Find out more about the health benefits of a range of summer sports and learn how you can exercise safely.


Swimming is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. If you have a disability it can be a great way to stay fit and many pools have aids to help you get into the water. 

Swimming health benefits
Outdoor exercise

Benefits of exercising outdoors

Getting outside in the fresh air can improve your mental health as well as your physical health. No matter what your activity, exercising outdoors will help you feel revitalised and stress free.

Get active outdoors


Tennis is fun and has heaps of health benefits, including increased reaction times. Join a club or play with friends and family as a social activity.

Tennis health benefits

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are perfect activities for summer. There are many rivers and lakes to explore and sea kayaking offers more challenges to test you.

Canoeing and kayaking health benefits


Get the kids learning to surf from a young age, they'll thank you later. Besides being a lot of fun, surfing provides a range of health benefits including shoulder and back strength as well as balance.

Surfing health benefits
People playing beach cricket


Watching the experts play cricket can be inspiring, but playing is even more fun. Even the humble backyard game is an opportunity to increase your stamina, balance and coordination.

Cricket health benefits


A bike ride to the shops or a longer trip can reap benefits for your whole body. Victoria has a variety of bike trails for all levels of ability, so try pedalling to somewhere new.

Cycling health benefits


A game of golf will get you walking up to seven kilometres. It's a good workout for both your brain and body. Improve muscle tone and endurance by enjoying a game with friends.

Golf health benefits
Couple riding bikes down street

Exercise in your local surroundings

Whether it's running up and down stairs at a park, or busting out some 80's dance moves while vacuuming at home, here are some great ideas to keep you active in and around your local area.

Exercise in your local surroundings
Man running on the beach with his dog

Heat stress and exercise

Heat stress occurs when sweat can’t evaporate fast enough to keep the body sufficiently cool. Look out for the symptoms, especially in children and the elderly.

Heat stress and exercise