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OLDER ADULTS (Exercise & Activities)

Cork Sports Partnership in conjunction with a number of partner organisations, have put together the following physical activity opportunities and resources to help you stay active in the comfort of your own home.  


Please adhere to up to date HSE guidelines on social distancing if you are exercising in public spaces. These guidelines can be viewed here >>>

Click here >>> to download the 'Keep Cork Active' booklet.






Age & Opportunity Active is a programme designed to get people aged 50-100+ more active and participating in recreational sport and physical activity. 

A number of 'Movement Minute Sessions' have been created for people to stay active at home as we adapt to the current environment.

Click on any of the sessions below to get involved:

Movement Minutes:

These sessions will be also streamed live on the Age and Opportunity Facebook page each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am.

To join in these sessions on Facebook - Click here >>>

FREE Activity DVD - A limited number of DVD's with 6 easy to follow activity sessions are available from Age & Opportunity. For anyone that would like to recieve a copy please contact 01 8057733 (please leave a message) or email gfl@ageandopportunity.ie   


Daily Exercises with Siel Bleu Ireland

The Siel Bleu team have scheduled a timetable of classes that stream live every day on Facebook & YouTube at 11am and 2pm.

HSE Easy Exercise Programme 

The HSE Easy Exercises Programme is a chair based programme for older adults that encourages inactive people to develop healthy activity habits through a series of low-intensity exercises.

Participating in these exercises will help individuals with limited movement to carry out the everyday activities that are essential to living as independently as possible.


Nursing Home Chair Gym with Siel Bleu 


Siel Bleu has organised a number of Chair Gym Exercise Classes to suit all abilities. 

These are regularly updated on Siel Bleu's YouTube account.

HSE Community Physiotherapy

8 Simple Exercises to do @ Home

These 8 simple exercises are brought to you by HSE physiotherapists and can be done at home with minimal equipment to keep you active during the Covid-19 cocooning phase.

Complete the exercises twice daily (AM & PM) and keep track of your progress by completing the card on front of the resources over 4 weeks.

Older Adult Home Exercise Workout

Sport Ireland have linked in with the network of Local Sports Partnerhips across the country to develop an easy to follow Home Exercise Workout for older adults. 

  • Download the Home Exercise Workout & Activity Tracker- Click here>>>

Activator Poles

Activator Poles also known as Urban Poling is an adaptation of Nordic Walking and has been developed by Canadian therapists to promote balance and improve mobility. 

Activator Poles Videos:

Cork Sports Partnership in conjunction with fitWalk Ireland and the HSE coordinate Activator programmes in Cork. Currently under the guidelines these programmes are on hold. Keep an eye out here for some online workshops we hope to put together over the coming weeks!

Walking Ideas & Challenges

Walking may be one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise for Older Adults. Whatever you’re level of mobility, it’s a great way to get active, at your own pace.

In adhering to the national physical activity guidelines, older adults are encouraged to engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on 5 days of the week, and include muscle strengthening and balance activities 2-3 times per week also. Here are some tips to get you walking:

Start stepping - Try work towards the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Step more at home when:

  • Waiting for the kettle to boil.
  • Using the stairs.
  • On the phone.
  • During Ad breaks on TV.
  • Doing the laundry or cleaning around the house.​​

Get Walking - You can break up your 30 minutes over the day and do short bouts of 10-15 minutes. Why not try this Get Ireland Walking 21 Day Walking Challenge:

  • Download your Walk Challenge Card - Click here >>>
  • Use your home or backgarden, laps around the house or use the 2k from your home to get walking!
  • Log the TIME you spend walking. 
  • Good Luck and lets Get Cork Walking!

Please adhere to HSE guidelines on social distancing while also adhering to any government guidelines and restrictions. 


Get Ireland Active

Get Ireland Active was designed to help people on their journey to become more physically active. The website provides you with user-friendly advice and help in getting active no matter what age you are or your level of fitness.

Keeping Active

This section of the HSE website provides older adults with information about the importance of staying physical activity.

WellComm Active Phone Line 

This is an over the phone service for ADULTS providing advice around Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL).

The advice provided is compiled from 3 main sources:

  • HSE Public Health Guidelines (PA Guidelines)
  • CSP Keep Cork Active Document
  • WellComm Active Programmes:
    • Healthy Food Made Easy
    • Staying Fit for the Future
    • Project Weightloss
    • Made2Move

The support line will also inform people when programmes will be scheduled to take place once the Covid-19 situation subsides and that we can resume regular programming. 

WellComm Active Phone Line: 086 1409225

Getting Started KIt Age Action


Age Actions 'Getting Started KIT' supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. It also seeks to support older adults make the first steps in accessing information online: 

For more information on Age and Action and the supports they provide- Click here>>>


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