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Exercise in front of screens has yet to take off. Exercise in front of screens has yet to take off. wiiuspiele

Sorry gamers, Wii Fit is no substitute for real exercise

It’s been about ten years since Sony popularised “exergaming” – games where you move your body along with the game – with the release of Eye Toy. The device projected players into video games by getting…
Many people worry that eating before exercise will cause indigestion. Many people worry that eating before exercise will cause indigestion. Flickr/escaped.monkey

Food for fitness: is it better to eat before or after exercise?

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding food intake and exercise – is it better to eat beforehand or afterwards? And what type of exercise benefits most from eating? Eating before exercising is important…
High-intensity interval training it can be done on a bike, treadmill, or however you can achieve the desired intensity. High-intensity interval training it can be done on a bike, treadmill, or however you can achieve the desired intensity. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: high-intensity micro workouts vs traditional regimes

When it comes to health and fitness, there are rarely any quick fixes. But if you’re struggling to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, micro workouts might be just the thing you need to start…
Gentle aerobic exercise is good for our brain – keeping it sharp, alert and ready for action. Gentle aerobic exercise is good for our brain – keeping it sharp, alert and ready for action. Image from shutterstock.com

Gentle exercise is enough to keep your brain fit and healthy

Once upon a time we thought the brain was incapable of changing - if it was broken, it couldn’t be fixed. But that idea has been challenged in the last few decades with research suggesting that the brain…
Losing just 5% of your body weight is likely to improve your health. Losing just 5% of your body weight is likely to improve your health. Image from shutterstock.com

You don’t have to be the biggest loser to achieve weight loss success

Weight-loss ads and television shows regularly profile people who have transformed their lives through major losses of 30 kilograms or more. These weight-loss ambassadors try to inspire us to do the same…
Jane Fonda was wrong – you don’t need to “feel the burn” to reap the benefits of exercise. Jane Fonda was wrong – you don’t need to “feel the burn” to reap the benefits of exercise. Image from shutterstock.com

Monday’s medical myth: no pain, no gain

The value of regular physical activity to a person’s well-being is unequivocal. But how much exercise do we need to maintain health, improve fitness or lose weight? And where is the line between healthy…
Just like clothing or food, exercise goes through fashions. Just like clothing or food, exercise goes through fashions. Alison/Flickr

How your resolution to exercise more this year could be a recipe for injury

If I’m honest, I never really liked running, but every new year when I was in high school, I made the resolution to try out for the track team. We started training before snow was off the streets of Detroit…
You know that one person who just has to beat you on every run? They could be doing you good. You know that one person who just has to beat you on every run? They could be doing you good. Sangudo

Second best is best – train with a stronger partner to stay motivated

A new study out of Michigan State University and published in the Annals of Behavioural Medicine could shed some light on how to manage our motivation to exercise – by training with people that are fitter…
If you don’t have time for hours of exercise every week, short, intense efforts might work instead. If you don’t have time for hours of exercise every week, short, intense efforts might work instead. Michael Lokner

Fast and furious: intensity is the key to health and fitness

Less than 40% of Australians achieve the minimum amount of physical activity recommended by government and professional organisations. This contributes to the fact 60% of Australians are overweight or…
Young athletes are not small adults. Young athletes are not small adults. JosephB

Monday’s medical myth: young athletes can train like adults

Public health experts, educators and the media constantly remind us that children should put down the video games and get active. But how much activity is really necessary to maintain health? And how much…
If you don’t change the way you run, ditching your sneakers is a recipe for injury. If you don’t change the way you run, ditching your sneakers is a recipe for injury. Steven at

Monday’s medical myth: run barefoot to prevent injuries

The human species is one of the most efficient terrestrial animals. We adapted to run on dry riverbeds and grasslands, but development of modern society has strained the evolutionary process. Footwear…
Study participants competing with a ghost cyclist used executive functions and showed better results. Study participants competing with a ghost cyclist used executive functions and showed better results. zilverbat'Flickr

Competing with ghost riders enhances benefits of exercise

Research looking at ways of preventing cognitive decline in the elderly at the same time as improving their physical well being is still very new. But a study of exercise combining physical workout with…
How much weight can be lost from reducing calorie intake is generally misunderstood. How much weight can be lost from reducing calorie intake is generally misunderstood. Flickr/puuikibeach

An online tool to help achieve your weight-loss goal (no, it’s not a fad diet)

Welcome to part four of The science behind weight loss, a Conversation series in which we separate the myths about dieting from the realities of exercise and nutrition. Here, Deakin University Public Health…
Your long-term weight loss success is dependant on both exercise and nutrition. Your long-term weight loss success is dependant on both exercise and nutrition. Kenny Holston

Food v exercise: What makes the biggest difference in weight loss?

Welcome to part four of The science behind weight loss, a Conversation series in which we separate the myths about dieting from the realities of exercise and nutrition. Here, Deakin University nutrition…
Fad diets might give you short-term “results” but they’re unlikely to keep the weight off. Fad diets might give you short-term “results” but they’re unlikely to keep the weight off. Flickr/HTB

Diets and weight loss: separating facts from fiction

Welcome to The science behind weight loss, a new Conversation series where we separate the myths about dieting from the realities of exercise and nutrition. In our first instalment, renowned nutritionist…
Almost everyone can ride to work, and the health benefits are enormous. Almost everyone can ride to work, and the health benefits are enormous. california cowgirl1

Better health is only a short bike ride away

CYCLING IN AUSTRALIA: More than half of Australia’s population can be classified as overweight and obese. This statistic is alarming but some of the risk factors associated with obesity – such as poor…
Excessive sitting increases your risk of chronic disease, even if you get enough exercise. Excessive sitting increases your risk of chronic disease, even if you get enough exercise.

Sitting nine to five (and beyond): the perils of sedentary lifestyles

Whether it’s at work, in cars, watching TV or using the computer, there’s no denying many of us spend the majority of our days sitting. And while science is yet to prove conclusively that too much sitting…

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Cyber exercise buddies

The presence of a more capable virtual exercise partner can significantly boost women’s motivation by up to 100%. The results…