David Gardiner & Associates 045-853726

We all know about our 5 a day when is comes to eating fruit and veg but do you know how much exercise you need a week?

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.

The national guidelines suggest the following physical activity levels:

Children: 60 min / 7 days a week – this should include muscle-strengthening, flexibility and bone-strengthening exercises 3 times a week.

Adults: 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity on 5 days of the week. You can count short bouts of activity towards these guideline. These bouts should be a minimum of 10 minutes.

Older Adults (65+): at least 30 minutes or 150 minutes a week. This should include aerobic, muscle strengthening and balance exercise.

Adults with disabilities: be as active as your disability allows. Aim to meet adult guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on 5 days of the week. You can count shorter bouts of activity towards the guidelines. These should be at least 10 minutes.

Motivation to exercise is a key factor. Exercising with a friend or group can result in increased motivation, physical benefits and accountability.

Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where well being is valued and supported at every level of society.

Here in the clinic we understand and value the importance of a healthy lifestyle to reduce injuries, prevent back pain, keep weight in check and increase overall physical health.

Emma and Fiona, our Chartered Physiotherapists are helping to promote “Healthy Ireland” within the clinic by instructing pilates classes. Fiona has a Monday 10am class with some spaces left. Heidi has a Thursday 1pm class with space. Book your class here at http://physiotherapyworks.ie/pilates/pilates-timetable/ or call us on 045-866075 and we would be happy to help you.