Physical activity is linked to better mental health, but doing too much appears to have the opposite effect, as does too much of a sedentary lifestyle. It is better to alternate between sitting and standing.
A new study shows that moderate to intense physical activity — such as playing soccer or running — for up to 50 minutes per day is associated with better mental health.
Netflix and chill? It could well be shortening your life.
Sitting too much might be killing you – this is what you can do about it.
Modern life is weakening your bones.
Analysis of bones from over hundreds and thousands of years ago suggests that our skeleton today is more fragile than that of our ancestors.
Our love affair with the chair has horrible consequences.
As cities in developing countries - like Lagos in Nigeria, pictured here - grow, so do obesity risks.
Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.
One in five children are now obese by the time they turn 11.
While office workers often worry they sit too long while on the job, research suggests standing at work increases the risk of heart disease.
Annoyed you don't have a sit-stand desk? Spare a thought for those workers who have to stand all day: Standing may double the risk of heart disease.
The state of play.
It's not all child's play.
The ideal fitness regime is not just a matter of time.
OK, no spontaneous flames, doing well….
Assuming your new ride doesn't burst into flames, should you worry about other health impacts of hoverboarding about?
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A global health and disease study shows we're living longer, but spending more years in poor health. But there are some things within our power to change.
Too much sitting may increase the risk of developing diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and it may even cause premature death.
More people are getting standing desks in response to our increasing knowledge about the harms of sedentary lifestyles. But can you transition to standing at work without causing yourself harm?
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
Long walk to fitness.
Fitness devices like Fitbit set an automatic goal of 10,000 steps a day. But this isn't the magic threshold some make it out to be.
Desk-based office workers should spend at least two hours of their working day standing or moving.
We've known for some time that too much sitting increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. But until now it's been unclear how much standing during the work day may counter this risk.
Australian kids are falling behind their international peers in fundamental movement skills.
Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international…
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…
If you’re completely inactive just walking to the shops will help.
Two articles published in today’s issue of The BMJ argue physical activity guidelines should focus on getting inactive people…
Australia tops the world for physical activity-friendly built environments but ranks second last for levels of children’s activity.
If we could go back 100 years in a time machine, what would kids be like? They’d be shorter, leaner, probably dirtier and less well-fed — but would they be fitter? It turns out we actually have a beautiful…
The geographic setting of where you live is important for health in a number of ways.
Socioeconomic disadvantage and its impact on where we live and work (and how we get between the two), has enormous implications for health and well-being. But the picture is not as clear cut as many people…