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09.03.17 - Get Ireland Active

Get Ireland Active

Get Ireland Active is an initiative by the Health Service Executive (HSE), which encourages the public to get up, get out and get active.

 

Getting out and being active is a great way to keep healthy as well as having a positive effect on your mood and wellbeing

 

It is extremely important for all age groups to get regular exercise to maintain a healthy heart and ultimately feel great.

 

Here are the benefits of being active for children, adults and the elderly:

 

Children

 

Four out of five children in Ireland are not getting enough exercise.

 

Some of the health benefits for children engaging in regular physical activity include:

 

•    Improved agility, balance and co-ordination

 

•    A happier feeling, hence reducing stress, anxiety and depression

 

•    Helping to maintain a healthy weight

 

•    Improved concentration

 

•    Helps to develop friendships



Adults

 

Just one in three Irish adults are active on a daily basis.

 

Some of the health benefits for adults engaging in regular physical activity include:

 

•    Reduced risk of developing chronic diseases

 

•    Improved quality of life

 

•    Helps to better manage stress

 

•    Improved quality of sleep

 

•    Builds muscle tone

 

 

Elderly

 

People who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other illnesses.

 

Some of the health benefits for adults engaging in regular physical activity include:

 

•    Can add years to life

•    Helps reduce the risk of falls


•    Helps maintain healthy bones, joints and muscles


•    Helps improve balance and co-ordination


•    Improved quality of life



For full information on these three categories and to see the other categories discussed, visit http://www.getirelandactive.ie/

 

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