• Physical activity is critical for children’s quality of life

    Open Forum     |      August 14, 2021

    Increasing the daily level of physical activity could be the easiest ‘win’ for parents to improve their child’s wellbeing, benefiting adolescents and children from low-income families most.

  • Fitness apps help keep us moving

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2021

    While they might appear to be a gimmick to some, fitness apps and devices do encourage some people to keep exercising, particularly during protracted COVID lockdowns.

  • Jump for joy

    Taren Sanders     |      June 23, 2021

    Despite the nation’s sporty reputation, Australian children are some of the least active in the world but a cheap new school program may encourage them off the couch and into action.

  • Active children may achieve more at school

    Open Forum     |      May 26, 2021

    A new study of children in the U.K. suggests that physical activity is linked to emotional regulation in early childhood, which in turn predicts academic achievement. 

  • It’s not what you do, but how often you do it

    Sherry Landow     |      January 1, 2020

    It’s the new year, and many people’s resolution is to get fitter. New research shows that what you do to get stronger isn’t as important as how often you do it.

  • Coach potato nation

    Brendon Hyndman     |      November 24, 2019

    Australians like to think of themselves as a sporty, active, outdoors nation, but in reality our young people are among the least active in the world, a trend which can only contribute to disease and obesity in the future.

  • Run for your life

    Open Forum     |      November 10, 2019

    There‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌substantial‌ ‌improvements‌ ‌in‌ ‌population‌ ‌health‌ ‌and‌ ‌longevity if‌ ‌more‌ ‌people‌ ‌took‌ ‌up‌ ‌running – and‌ ‌they‌ ‌wouldn’t‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌run‌ ‌that far‌ ‌or‌ ‌fast.

  • Teach kids to hike as well as basketball

    Vaughan Cruickshank     |      October 16, 2019

    Teaching children about the types of activities they’re more likely to do as they get older, as well as traditional school sports, could help Australians stay fitter in the future.

  • Dancing in the dark does you good

    Open Forum     |      July 27, 2019

    The age-old advice to ‘dance like nobody’s watching’ appears to be benefiting the health and wellbeing of women across Australia according to a new study from the University of Sydney. 

  • Staying active after 40 helps keep you alive

    Open Forum     |      June 28, 2019

    Keeping physically active or becoming more active during middle and older age is associated with a lower risk of death, regardless of past activity levels or existing health conditions, according to international research.

  • Worker workouts in the workplace work

    Open Forum     |      June 16, 2019

    A new study from Germany shows that a personalised programme of exercise can help workers improve their health and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases.

  • A little exercise goes a long way

    Emmanuel Stamatakis     |      April 25, 2019

    People who spend much of their day sitting may need to move around less than previously thought to counteract their sedentary lifestyle, according to new research.