Commonly asked questions
What you need to know about SimpliMove and exercise for health. If you don’t find what you’re looking for please contact us.
What is SimpliMove?
SimpliMove is a digital-health platform based on science and clinical expertise to improve the physical health and lives of people. We provide exercise programs and information to help you become stronger, move better and live life well.
What is SimpliMove’s mission?
Our mission is simple: we want to enable you to stay active, functional and productive. To accomplish this, we champion exercise and human movement as the backbone for improving overall health and supplementing the treatment of a range of chronic health conditions.
Why is exercise important?
Exercise is increasingly thought of as the ‘wonder drug’ and a ‘miracle cure.’ Research demonstrates that exercise improves brain health, body function and life expectancy. Likewise, exercise is effective in the prevention and treatment of many common ailments including type 2 diabetes, some cancers, dementia, depression, and heart disease and regular exercise can reduce the risk of many health conditions by at least 30%.
When will SimpliMove app be launching?
We are currently in the testing phase of our mobile movement and health app, and plan to launch it in the second half of 2023. In the meantime, read our blogs which feature different exercise routines, and try our Mini Workouts available on this website.
What types of exercise should I focus on as I get older?
As your body matures, you require a range of exercises that help ‘spread the load’ amongst your joints and muscles. Therefore, it is important to perform a wide range of exercises, from head to toe. Even simple exercises such as marching-on-the-spot or chin-tucks can improve your overall well-being. And strengthening exercises — using your own body weight as resistance — are very effective, along with exercises that get your heart racing.
If I experience back / neck / shoulder / knee / hip pain, can I still exercise?
Of course! The right types of movement can help to ease pain over the long term. However, avoiding movement and remaining sedentary when you experience pain can lead to more pain. This is why we have developed a mobile app that incorporates modifications for mobility and pain so that you can move and exercise safely.
What equipment should I have to exercise?
You just need yourself, a sturdy floor surface, and some enthusiasm! A pair of well–fitted, non- slip shoes and comfortable clothing are also recommended. Some exercises require the use of a chair or wall. And a mat for floor exercises may be useful, too.
Do I need to join a gym or work with a personal trainer to do the right kind of exercise?
No, exercise can be done at home if you consult trusted advice. Exercises using your own bodyweight can build strength, and a routine that provides a series of challenging exercises can improve your aerobic fitness. If you are a newcomer to exercise, it is important to start small and then expand your movement journey once you feel ready.
Is achieving my 10,000 steps per day enough?
The “10,000-step goal” is great place to start, but walking as your only source of movement does not provide all the benefits of exercise — particularly as you mature. Therefore, you should supplement walking with strengthening your muscles and improving your aerobic capacity with higher intensity forms of exercise besides walking. Strength training and aerobic conditioning are vitally important to prolonging health and decelerating the ageing process. Have look at this blog by Prof Sandra Hunter, Is Walking Enough?
How much and how often do I need exercise to see results?
As a general target, aim for a goal of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily. Or to meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more.
While the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day will produce positive results, even 10 minutes per day is beneficial – especially if you are a newcomer to exercise and need to establish a daily habit. Build slowly to 30 minutes with a range of activities. Read our blog The ‘Wonder’ Drug – ‘Exercise is Medicine’! for more information.
I find it hard to stay motivated and on track. What can I do to help me stick with an exercise routine?
If you feel uninspired to exercise, find ways to make it creative and enjoyable. Exercise outdoors, play spirited music, engage with a friend. For many people, it is also important to dedicate a specific time of day and duration for exercise. This helps build a consistent habit which is integral to your exercise efforts.
Have a look at a blog by Prof Sandra Hunter, 10 Ways to Build An Exercise Habit.
Why is ‘movement’ important to my health?
Human movement is a fundamental aspect of life. It is integral to maintaining circulation, pulmonary (lungs), muscular, and skeletal systems. In fact, movement is a key metric to measure overall health because it is vital to performing functions in your daily life. Movement in the form of tailored exercise can increase your aerobic capacity and physical strength. Common barriers to movement such as pain and inflexibility (which are often age related) often recede with regular exercise.
What is SimpliMove’s scientific and clinical approach?
SimpliMove is grounded in scientific research findings and clinical knowledge of exercise as a primary form of therapy for maintaining function and prevention of injuries and disease. The clinical expertise and research that our founders bring to SimpliMove provides informed decision making about health strategies that can help people to overcome the barriers to human movement and overall health.
What is SimpliMove’s EmPower Program?
Maintaining good health is a lifelong process, and SimpliMove is dedicated to supporting your movement journey. SimpliMove focuses on 5 EmPower Pillars to support your health and fitness results:
1/ Improve strength and balance
2/ Manage pain
3/ Build capacity to perform activities and tasks
4/ Prevent and manage chronic disease
5/ Understand and use health information
Why is SimpliMove different from other wellness websites?
SimpliMove’s community is middle aged and older adults who aspire to enhance their physical health. By engaging in various forms of movement, you will be able to live life well. Unlike many exercise-centric sites that emphasize short-term goals such as weight loss and physical aesthetics, we focus on long term outcomes so that you continue to be independent, prevent injuries, exhibit good posture, and remain able bodied for as long as possible. We also address relationships between healthy habits and disease, strength and injuries, balance and flexibility, chronic pain, to provide you with a holistic understanding of health.
Who is behind SimpliMove?
Deborah Hunter, a clinical physiotherapist, and Professor Sandra Hunter, a research scientist, are the founders of SimpliMove. Deborah has treated and educated hundreds of adults that seek therapy and advice for physical injuries, injury prevention and wellness. Sandra is an exercise physiologist and world-renowned researcher in ageing, chronic disease and the protective effects of exercise. You can find out more about each of them here.
SimpliMove is also supported by a team of health clinicians and academics who are versed in contemporary challenges to physical health. Together, we provide guidance about building strength and stamina, avoiding injuries, and cultivating healthy habits that help you overcome physical and mental barriers to everyday movement.
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