• Best foot forward

    Open Forum     |      January 18, 2024

    A randomised control trial has found that “gamified” step exercises at home helped prevent falls for people over 65 by over a quarter, compared to a control group.

  • Burn the blues away

    Open Forum     |      February 27, 2023

    University of South Australia researchers are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression as a new study shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counselling or the leading medications.

  • Run for the bus

    Open Forum     |      January 3, 2023

    A new study has found that even micro-bursts of activity during the day can help people live longer, healthier lives.

  • Getting fit without getting hurt

    Lewis Macgregor     |      January 1, 2023

    It’s the time, once again, for New Year’s resolutions, which often revolve around health and fitness after a week of sloth and excess. Here then are five ways to avoid pain and injury when starting a new exercise regime.

  • Exercise in a pill for at-risk people?

    Open Forum     |      December 6, 2021

    Researchers from The Australian National University have identified unique molecular signals in the body that could hold the key to developing a supplement capable of administering the health benefits of exercise to patients incapable of physical activity.

  • 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.