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Aussie kids are some of the least active in the world. We developed a cheap school program that gets results

Governments spend millions to try to get kids moving but these interventions may be short-lived, or only benefit a group of kids. Our program is cost-effective and can work long term.
World Day for Physical Activity is April 6. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many peoples’ physical exercise routines have been disrupted. (Shutterstock)

A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 exercise slump has hit women harder

Research shows that the gaps in physical exercise have widened substantially between men and women, whites and non-whites, rich and poor and educated and less educated: especially during the pandemic.
The beauty of exercise snacks is that they don’t require any equipment, or even a change of clothes. (Shutterstock)

Snack your way to better health with bite-sized exercise breaks

Short, 20-second bursts of activity — known as exercise ‘snacks’ — throughout the day have many benefits, from boosting energy and productivity to improving cardiorespiratory fitness.
If you’re getting bored of your usual fitness routine, there are many online options to try. (Julia Daun)

5 ways to get the most out of online fitness classes during COVID-19

The restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a boom in online fitness opportunities. Here’s what to look for in online classes.
Working out strengthens more than just your muscles – it strengthens your immune system, too. SelectStock/E+ via Getty Images

These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Older adults, who are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications, can strengthen their immune systems by exercising.
Experts say encouraging physical activity should be a priority. Getty Images

Getting people more active is key to better health: here are 8 areas for investment

Being physically active is largely not an individual choice, but a result of what funds, spaces, places and opportunities are available to the individual and communities.
Eccentric exercises (such as walking downhill) cause our muscles to lengthen under the load in order to slow the body down. FS Stock/Shutterstock

Walking downhill increases risk of falls in older adults

‘Eccentric exercises’ are a normal part of everyday life – but they may carry some risks.

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