The Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership, Dublin City Age Friendly and Dublin City Council have developed exercise guidelines for older people doing their bit by staying at home during the current emergency.
‘Stay Home, Stay Active, Stay Healthy’ encourages older adults to aim to be active for 30 minutes a day doing moderate intensity activity for 5 days a week.
The Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership have had to suspend all Adult Community Exercise classes in Dublin city and it is hoped that these new guidelines will enable older people to keep active and healthy in their own homes.
“It is important that everyone continues to keep active and healthy during the COVID -19 pandemic and I welcome these exercise guidelines as they will allow older people to stay active and healthy in the safety of their own homes,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon.
“Exercise is really important as it not only keeps your body strong and healthy but also your mind, especially during difficult times like these,” added Shauna McIntyre, General Manager of the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership.
“We hope people will find it useful and will enjoy doing the exercises at home.”
“The booklet outlines how much activity you should be aiming for and some handy tips to help achieve this at home. We have also included some easy to follow exercises with instructions.”
“Daily exercise for older adults should include cardio (heart & lung health), muscle-strengthening and balance exercises.”
“You don’t need to do it all in one go so three 10-minute bouts spread out over the day works just as well. Any physical activity you do is also vital in helping you maintain your mental health and makes you feel good.”
The booklet will be distributed to older people in Dublin City through the Council Staff and Volunteer Network.
It can also be downloaded here and sent on to any of your older relatives who might be in need of something specific to their needs.