Exercise & fitness

Nation fatigued by new energy crisis

Inadequate sleep, missed meals and a lack of exercise are sapping Australians of the energy needed for everyday activity and it’s impacting on productivity and the national economy, new research shows.

A recent survey of 1,200 people, conducted by University of Sydney’s Business School and Sydney-based human performance firm Energx, found on average, Australian women believed they had sufficient energy for themselves and important activities on just four out of every 10 days.

Men felt they had sufficient energy on just five of every 10 days.

How much exercise do you really need?

University researchers have drawn up a new set of guidelines aimed at Australians aged 60 and over, who have noticed changes in their memory and cognitive abilities.

Melbourne University’s Professor Nicola Lautenschlager said regular exercise has cognitive as well as physical benefits.

Prof. Lautenschlager said older people should, in consultation with their doctor, engage in:

Making Canberra’s suburbs more age-friendly

New paths and safe road crossings will make it easier for older people to move around the Canberra suburbs of Page and Hughes.

The improvements are part of the ACT Government’s Age Friendly Suburbs program, ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said.

“The ACT Government is committed to promoting physical activity and wellbeing across the ACT and this includes improving access around our suburbs for people of all ages and abilities,” Ms Fitzharris said.

'Exergaming' may help Alzheimer's

A new study has found that exercising while playing video games may help people living with Alzheimer's.

Older people with mild cognitive impairment, which often occurs before dementia, showed better 'executive functions' after playing interactive games while riding exercise bikes - known as 'exergaming', the study by New York’s Union College shows.

Executive functions enable people to multi-task, make decisions and recall memories.

Sitting less could boost business productivity, survey shows

A new survey shows sitting less and moving more throughout the day could increase business productivity.

Results of the survey conducted in Heart Week, which finished last Sunday, showed only 45 per of respondents believed they did enough physical activity to be healthy, with one third listing “lack of time” as a barrier to being physically active.

Move - for your heart’s sake

New research has shown nearly one in five Australian seniors believe they are too old for physical activity – but they were more likely to exercise if they had someone to do it with.

Marking Heart Week (29 April to 6 May 2018), a survey by the Heart Foundation revealed that seniors were less likely than younger Australians to be excited about getting active (29 per cent of seniors compared to 38 per cent of younger Australians).

But people of all ages were nearly twice as likely to be excited about getting active if they had someone to be active with.

Five healthy habits can add 10 years to your life

Maintaining five healthy habits can add a decade to your life expectancy, new research has found.

The new study, led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much and not smoking in adulthood were the keys to a longer life.

Doctors urged to prescribe exercise

Doctors should be urging inactive patients to get some exercise and medicos could even include a written exercise prescription, the Heart Foundation said.

A recent research paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia said patient goals needed to be specific and their progress followed on a regular basis.

The paper recommended physicians apply a ‘5 As’ approach: ask, assess, advise, assist and arrange.

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