Move more & enjoy it
SQ Active's mission is to support people, particularly women approaching midlife, to be fitter, healthier and stronger so they can remain youthful well into their senior years.
One in four adults in England is classed as physically inactive. This means they failed to achieve 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity over the course of the week. This puts them at a much greater risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Physical activity can bring you many benefits, even if it's just in 10 minute blocks. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits.
Being more active can:
- Help you live longer
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Help control your weight when combined with a calorie controlled diet
- Improve mental health
- Reduce your risk of major illnesses
- Improve your energy levels
- Boost your self-esteem
- Enhance your mood
- Improve your quality of sleep
Getting in a habit of exercising boosts your energy in the immediate and long term. Exercise helps your heart, joints and lungs become stronger and healthier.
Different types of physical activity
Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Aerobic activities can be moderate or vigorous in their intensity. Vigorous activities take more effort than moderate ones. For moderate activities, you can talk while you do them, but you can't sing. For vigorous activities, you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath.
Resistance training will strengthen your muscles.These include activities like push-ups and lifting weights. It is important to work all the different parts of the body - your legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms. Lean muscles burn more calories.
Bone-strengthening activities make your bones stronger. As we get older, our bones become weaker, so we need to incorporate bone strengthening activities like jumping. These activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength.
Balance and stretching activities enhance physical stability and flexibility, which reduces risk of injuries. Examples are stretching, dancing, yoga, martial arts, and t'ai chi.
There are so many different ways to be physically active and it's not solely about exercise.
Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. - WHO
Everyone can increase what they are doing, even if it's simply to start walking more. My mission is to help you protect your body against degeneration by getting you to move more.