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ISCP backs "Escape Your Chair" Campaign

The ISCP supports the Irish Heart Foundation this September for their month-long heart health campaign, ‘Escape Your Chair’.

September is Heart Month and this campaign aims to raise awareness of prolonged sitting as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A recent survey by the Irish Heart Foundation revealed that the average person in Ireland sits down for 7.3 hours a day. The campaign aims to inform and advise about the dangers of sitting too much.

As part of the campaign the Irish Heart Foundation created a range of resources to help people move more and sit less. These include;

ISCP President Gay Peart-Murphy said "This is an excellent campaign and mirrors exactly what physiotherapists are promoting. Being active helps so many of the body’s systems- so let’s roll in behind the Irish Heart Foundation and get people up out of their chairs to move for health" 

Physical activity isn't just exercise. It can include also working, playing, household jobs and travelling. 

Wonder how much exercise you should be doing?

Children and adolescents (aged 5–17 years)

  • At least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day
  • Include activities that strengthen muscles and bone at least three times per week

Adults aged 18–64 years

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week (around 20 minutes per day, at a minimum) or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity
  • For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or equivalent
  • Muscle-strengthening activities, involving major muscle groups, should be done on two or more days a week

Adults aged 65 years and above

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity
  • Those with poor mobility should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls, on three or more days a week
  • Muscle-strengthening activities, involving major muscle groups, should be done on two or more days a week

On Saturday, September 28th at 9.30am, the Irish Heart Foundation is encouraging everyone to walk, jog, or run at their local parkrun for the Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘Heart Hero 5K’ in association with parkrun Ireland. So if you havent tried parkrun before, nows the time!

Sitting for too long puts your heart at risk, so it’s time to move more and sit less!

To learn more about this campaign, please visit escapeyourchair.ie.

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