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The bar chart illustrates the proportion of the Australian the male and female population participating in some form of physical activity on a regular basis in 2010. The data is divided into 6 age groups, ranging from 15 to 65 years old and over.

The main points of interest are that in the youngest age group (15-24) more men than women take part in regular physical activity. However, this then changes and women do more physical activity than men from 25 to 65, at which point both men and women do almost the same amount of physical activity.

Overall, the proportion of men involved in physical activity decreases between the ages of 24 and 44 and then begins to increase again. In the case of women, the trend is reversed, somewhat, with younger women being involved in less physical activity and doing more physical activity between the ages of 25 and 64, before returning to virtually the same level of physical activity as the youngest age group (15-24).