Children & Exercise

Children who exercise are more likely to maintain an active lifestyle as an adult, but what children want to consciously 'exercise'? It's hard enough for some adults to find the motivation, but as adults we become more aware of the importance of moving, and the implications of the risks when we don't move our bodies enough. Exercise should be enjoyable (or at least we shouldn't hate it) at all ages, but it's especially important that children enjoy moving to build long lasting habits and help them achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Regular physical activity also helps build and maintain...

Do you know of someone that has Autism? Whether it be a family member, a colleague or a friend. Exercise has been shown to help with Autism. What is Autism? Autism is a complex neurobiological, developmental disorder that is typically diagnosed in childhood and often lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The characteristics of autism include an impaired ability to communicate and relate to others socially, a restricted range of activities, and repetitive behaviours such as following very specific routines. What has the research shown? It has been shown that vigorous or strenuous exercise is associated with decreases in stereotypic (self-stimulatory) behaviours, hyperactivity, aggression,...

  There has been lots of controversy over how much your child’s backpack should weigh.  It is suggested that a child’s schoolbag, irrespective of their age should weigh about 10% of their body weight with a backpack style school bag. When you move your child’s backpack after he or she drops it, does it feel like 20kgs? Maybe they’re complaining about shoulder and back pain? Maybe you've noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it ?  These could be little signs that your child’s backpack is not suited to your child. A bag that is too heavy can cause...

Australia’s health report card landed last week, but so did something else. A new app could potentially hold the key to Australia’s physical inactivity dilemma.   Pokemon GO is currently the number one most downloaded and arguably the most talked about smart device app on social media right now, and according to online analysing company SimilarWeb, the app is outperforming popular app download Tinder, while rapidly catching Twitter for app usage amoung Android users. Released in Australia last Wednesday, the motion-based game utilises a smartphone’s GPS and camera to bring about the augmented-reality gameplay that puts your avatar on the quest to...

Keeping count of daily steps and boosting physical activity can really pay off for children with type 1 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Adelaide and the Women's and Children's Hospital.   Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Executive Officer Anita Hobson-Powell said with National Diabetes Week taking place between 10 and 16 July across Australia, the findings provided a timely reminder for both type 1 diabetes patients and the broader population to get active. For the first time, researchers have shown that children who have type 1 diabetes can improve their cardiovascular health, simply by taking an extra 1000...

We all know the rhetoric. “Back in my day, kids were kids: they swung from trees, played contact sports. They bumped their heads and got straight back up. They were more resilient, both physically and mentally.  But then technology caught up with us, and now all they do is play video games” One in six young Australians are currently experiencing anxiety, and suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians. So why is it that kids are suffering similar mental health issues that were previously reserved for adults? Here’s a bit of science for you, most people have heard of endorphins. The “feel...