Survey data show men are more likely to participate in sport for fun or enjoyment than women.
There is much work to do if Australia is to eradicate various barriers to participation in sport.
Sports injuries do occur, but it’s important to remember the benefits far outweigh the risks.
All physical activities carry some risk of injury. But before you retreat to the safety of the couch, it’s important to remember the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Half of people who started an exercise regime stopped within six months.
Here we review the best science about how to start an exercise habit, and how to keep it going.
Runners are at 27%-40% lower risk of death when compared to non-runners.
Adults who participate in a high overall level of sports and exercise are at 34% lower risk of death than those who never or rarely engage in such activities.
Being physically active during and after cancer treatment has many benefits.
Growing old gracefully with a spring in your step.
Baby doesn’t need to be doing sit-ups, but it’s important he’s not sitting in a confined space for long periods.
When we talk about physical activity for young children we don't mean exercise or going to the gym.
New technologies provide limitless opportunities for getting kids active.
We need children to get hold of their fitness levels - literally.
If children aren't sufficiently coordinated, it could affect their ability to learn.
Starting an exercise regime from scratch can be daunting.
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Current guidelines suggest Aussie adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation.
Many things go into making a healthy community, so the earlier services and infrastructure become available, the better.
Early residents in new communities are known as 'pioneers' – they arrive before many services are in place. A five-year study points to the many benefits of putting in good services early on.
People enjoy the green space of parks, but often their activities are of a fairly passive nature.
Parks are found in most neighbourhoods, generally free to use and are enjoyed by diverse groups. Although most visitors don't use parks for physical activity, modest improvements can change that.
Our bodies respond to exercising, eating, meditation and physiological processes differently.
Many people struggle to get an eating plan and exercise routine to follow. The trick is that individualism is key.
Sun up, or sun down? When will results from exercise be better?
The timing of exercise can have a meaningful influence on the quality of training and recovery, especially for athletes.
While women can benefit from a brisk walk, men really have to work up a sweat.
Men and women have to exercise different amounts to get the same stroke-preventing benefits.
Square eyes = no prize.
Teenagers spend one-third of their lives sitting down and three hours a day watching TV. New findings confirm that it's not just their health that is at risk.
The physical and mental health benefits associated with moving, being active and mindful are not just limited to yoga.
One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime. That's about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
Not as fast as they used to be.
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Children's fitness has been declining even faster over the past six years than in the decade before.
Current guidelines ignore the fact that young Australians use screens for homework, social media and entertainment.
It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer…