Although 2 out of 3 adults think they are sufficiently active to gain health benefits, only 1 in 3 Irish adults are actually active on a regular basis!
It is recommended for adults aged 18–64 years to do at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity, five days a week (or 150 minutes a week). Moderate intensity activity will raise your heart rate, make you breathe faster and feel warmer. The 'talk test' is one way to tell if you're working at a moderate intensity level. You should be able to talk when exercising at this intensity but not sing.
Examples of moderate intensity activities include brisk walking, water aerobics, cycling, dancing, pushing a lawn mower, hiking etc.
The 4 key messages on physical activity are outlined below:
1. Some is better than none.
2. Start with short bouts of 10 minutes and build up to 30 minutes per day.
3. The more you do, the more benefits you get.
4. Walking is free, easy, low risk and you can fit it into your everyday routine.
Yours in health,
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