Every older person should be active. Some physical activity is better than none, more is better than some, and if you take part in any amount of physical activity you gain some health benefits. The National Physical Activity Guidelines were created to promote the importance of physical activity in Ireland.
Guidelines for Adults 18 - 64:
At least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a
week (or 150 minutes a week).
Guidelines for Older adults 65+:
At least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity on five days a week, or 150 minutes a week. Focus on aerobic activity, muscle strengthening and balance.
You can count shorter bouts of activity towards the guidelines as . These bouts should last for at least 10 minutes. Add activities which increase muscular strength and balance on 2 – 3 days per week to reduce your risk of falls.
Increased breathing and heart rate, but still able to carry on a conversation.
Warm or sweating slightly, comfortable pace.
Breathing heavily, cannot keep a conversation going, faster heart rate and sweating, concentrating hard.
Match your level of effort to your level of fitness. If chronic illness, lack of mobility or degenerative condition prevent you doing the recommended amount of physical activity, be as active as you are able to be. Talk to your doctor for advice on how to do regular physical activity safely.
(Ref: National Guidelines on Physical Activity For Ireland)
Cork Sports Partnership coordinates and delivers a number of activites, initatives and programmes with partner agencies such as the HSE and Go For Life for Older Adults in Cork. Please keep an eye on our Older Adults Section and News for any upcoming programmes and events!
Should you wish to find out more information about activites for Older Adults in Cork please contact Claire in Cork Sports Partenrship on 021 434 7096 or email email@example.com