Get active!

The benefits of being active for physical and mental health are huge.  Being active helps release chemicals in your brain (endorphins), which have a positive effect on your mood, not to mention the benefits to your heart, lungs, muscles and bones.  Getting out and being active is also a great way to manage stress. 

Physical activity is for everyone.

Regular physical activity can help you reduce the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.  For children and young people being active helps reduce their risk of developing these diseases in later life too.  Increased levels of physical activity will help reduce body fat and maintain a healthy weight. 

Being active is fun for all the family. Research shows that children whose parents are active are more than 5 times as likely to be active than those whose parents are not.

For more health benefits, you should increase your aerobic activity to 60 minutes a day of moderate activity 5 days a week.

Any level of activity is better for health than none.

How Active should I be?

Children and young people
At least 60 minutes moderate intensity activity daily. All activity no matter how short counts

Children and young people with disabilities
At least 60 minutes moderate intensity activity or as much as ability allows daily. All activity no matter how short counts

Adults
At least 30 minutes moderate intensity activity 5 days a week. Short bouts of at least 10 minutes can be accumulated

People with disabilities
At least 30 minutes moderate intensity activity, or as much as ability allows 5 days a week. Short bouts of at least 10 minutes can be accumulated

Older people
At least 30 minutes moderate intensity activity, or as much as ability allows 5 days a week. Short bouts of at least 10 minutes can be accumulated

Examples of moderate intensity activity

  • Brisk walking – 1 mile in 15-20 minutes
  • Water aerobics
  • Cycling slower than 10 miles per hour
  • Ballroom dancing
  • General gardening
  • Brisk hovering
  • Tennis (doubles)

Resources to help you get active your way!
Getting active doesn’t have to be expensive or a chore. Visit getirelandactive.ie to find out what you can do to get active in your local area
It has lots of tips on how to get started and get more active, and information on clubs, groups and activities in your area.

You can also visit healthpromotion.ie to order a booklet on physical activity or download it here

Resources for GPs and health professionals
Getirelandactive.ie has lots of good ideas for health professionals on how they can encourage people to become more active. get more info>>

You can download the Physical activity guidelines here

Download National Guidelines for Physical Activity in Ireland – for information and guidance on how to promote physical activity.

GP Exercise Referral Programme www.gpexercisereferral.ie (opens in a new window)
Factsheets: Visit this page on getirelandactive.ie to download factsheets (opens in a new window)

Find out more about getting active at getirelandactive.ie