MELBOURNE'S wealthy residents are more likely to don the joggers and hit the pavement while their poorer cousins shun exercise, a study shows.
The University of Melbourne study of more than 2300 people across the metropolitan area found 46 per cent people living in the city's poorest suburbs did the minimum of exercise to maintain good health.
Associate professor Anne Kavanagh said the per centage was higher in high socio-economic status areas such as Stonnington, Manningham and Bayside, where 60 per cent of residents exercised.
"We know that people on low incomes and those with low education levels are less likely to exercise, however, this is the first Australian study to show that locality seems to influence whether or not someone is physically active," Ms Kavanagh said.
People were asked whether they took part in a range of activities including walking, gardening, jogging, cycling and swimming.
Walking was the favoured form of exercise, with 80 per cent of people doing it between one and seven times a week.
The study also found residents in the lower socio-economic areas of Knox and Maroondah were less likely to jog.
"Basically the physical characteristics of where you live do matter," Prof Kavanagh said.