Exercise and health

Pioneering research to improve lives through exercise

Researchers in the School of Human Sciences are discovering how exercise can prolong lifespan and quality, and prevent individuals developing common and debilitating chronic diseases. Our research is internationally renowned, with direct translation into new and better approaches to the prevention of chronic diseases, along with the management of patients with existing disease.

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Key research areas

We conduct research across two broad research areas.

Lifespan physical activity and health

Our research focuses on modifying behaviours that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Paediatric exercise science is an emerging specialty in this theme, with applied research and community outreach programs complementing best-practice physical activity interventions among adults of all ages. Additional areas of research emphasis include health promotion, exercise psychology, school-based physical activity, exercise during pregnancy, and exercise among older adults.

Research strengths

  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Exercise benefits for older adults
  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • Exercise psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Paediatric exercise science
  • School-based physical activity

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Prevention and management of chronic diseases

Premature death has been associated with conditions such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and various cancers, but 80 per cent of these can be prevented through regular exercise. Our research investigates how appropriate exercise can play an important role in preventing and managing chronic conditions.

Research strengths

  • Bone and joint
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Metabolic
  • Neuromuscular

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A tailored prescription in exercise

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Research partners

We work collaboratively with health organisations to understand how exercise and physical activity can contribute to addressing disease. Our research partners include:


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