Physical Activity and Sport
Physical activity is a fundamental aspect of a healthy lifestyle and can help improve cardio fitness, muscular endurance and bone strength. It can reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardio vascular diseases, while also being attributed to positive mental and social well-being.
The World Health Organisation recommends (http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_olderadults/en/)
- Older adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity.
- Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.
- For additional health benefits, older adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, orengage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity.
- Older adults, with poor mobility,should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls on 3 or more days per week.
- Muscle-strengthening activities, involving major muscle groups, should be done on 2 or more days a week.
- When older adults cannot do the recommended amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.
The Limerick Sports Partnership has a range of activities to encourage older adult groups to included physical activity in their weekly programmes. Please see Go for Life Games and the PALs Workshop for more information.
Go for Life
Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people in Ireland and we have lots of ways to help you to be more active.
Go for Life is an Age & Opportunity initiative, funded by the Irish Sports Council. It runs in partnership with the Local Sports Partnerships and the Health Service Executive Health Promotion Units.