Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being active will give you more energy, help you relax and it’s fun too. Being more active can also lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and helps control weight gain. Getting children active also reduces their risk of ill health as an adult.

How much activity do I need to do?

The recommended amount of physical activity for adults is at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity on five days a week. Children need at least 60 minutes every day. If you are active regularly, the evidence is that your children more likely to be active too. Getting active will help you improve your own health and your children’s also.
Aerobic activity is activity that uses your heart, lungs and large muscles over a period of time. Walking – on your own or with a buggy, cycling, football, general gardening or vacuuming are examples of aerobic activity.
Muscle strengthening activity will keep your bones and muscles strong. Circuit training, step aerobics, using exercise bands or hand held weights, digging or lifting while gardening are examples of muscle strengthening activities.

How can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapists can help you to integrate physical activity into your day-to-day life. With an advanced understanding of how to keep your body moving, physiotherapists can advise on activities and exercise for people of all ages. Your Chartered Physiotherapists can help you;

  • Choose the right activity to suit your needs
  • Prescribe exercises to strengthen your weak areas
  • Plan your exercise routine

If you have any injury concerns consult your chartered physiotherapist. The sooner you get your injury checked, the sooner you will be able to return to your favourite exercise.

Top tips for getting active

  • Choose an activity that you enjoy and have fun!
  • Aim to be physically active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days of the week.
  • Turn your daily activities into a workout-take the stairs, walk to the train or the shops
  • If you are just getting started -start with low impact activities such as walking, swimming or cycling.
  • Have patience-it may take 4-6 weeks to notice the benefits of exercise.
  • If you are unsure or have a health problem, please talk to your doctor or chartered physiotherapist before you start to get more active.

Useful Links and Resources

Physiotherapy and Fitness Leaflet

Healthy Ireland

Get Ireland Active



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