Research shows it generates future savings for society by lowering demand for health and social care services.
The age of the Industrial Revolution also saw a fitness revolution in Britain.
Gym memberships spike as people make their New Year's resolutions – but very few people will actually use them past February.
Cross-country skiers are 50% less likely to develop depression than the general population.
Does it matter what type of physical activity you do?
New Year's resolutions are often no more than good ideas that last a few weeks. Research suggests, however, that putting purpose behind your resolutions can make a big difference. Here's how.
People tend to pay attention when things get personal, so you need to know how climate change is damaging things in your life.
Getting in better shape is one of Americans' top resolutions for the new year, but many people give up after six months. Here are some suggestions to make exercise enjoyable so you can stick with it.
Would you rather lounge in front of your TV than sweat in the gym? Your distant ancestors may well be (a little) responsible for your lack of motivation.
Trying a new exercise routine? Strapping on a new wearable monitor? An expert in human physiology explains the ins and outs of your heart rate and why it's a valuable number to understand.
There are a lot of misconceptions about exercise. Here are nine.
Physical inactivity contributes to dementia risk as much as genetics, according to research.
A global report looking at physical activity among 11-17 year olds has found 89% of young Australians don't get enough physical activity. This puts us towards the very bottom of the pile.
Experts in child health and physical activity offer recommendations for training of early childhood educators, and strategies to get kids moving.
No matter how much you weigh, there are many benefits to starting exercise, from a reduced risk of heart disease to better mental health.
A biologist frustrated by his own struggle to lose weight explains why simply exercising more and harder won't melt the pounds away.
A guide to physical activity for those over 60, from the lifetime physically active to the late starter.
Running once a week, or for 50 minutes a week, significantly improves your health and reduces your risk of dying at a single point in time.
The marathons in next year's Tokyo Olympics have been moved to Sapporo, because of concerns around Tokyo's extreme heat. The move, though controversial, will reduce risks to the athletes' health.
Fasting exercise could help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.