Exercise Guidelines launched for Older People in Dublin City

Dublin City Council has developed exercise guidelines  ‘Stay Home, Stay Active, Stay Healthy’ for older people during the Covid -19 pandemic.

The guidelines, which have been developed by Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership and Dublin City Age Friendly, recommend that older adults should aim to be active for 30 minutes a day doing moderate intensity activity for 5 days a week.

Due to the current national emergency, 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.

Speaking about the initiative the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon, said “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.”

Shauna McIntyre, General Manager of the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership said “We are delighted to produce the Stay Home, Stay Active, Stay Healthy booklet for our older citizens in collaboration with Dublin City Council and Age Friendly Dublin.  Exercise is really important as it not only keeps your body strong and healthy, but also your mind, especially during difficult times like these.  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.

Remember if you are new to exercising or if you have never done any of the exercises outlined in the booklet start off slowly and build your way up to 30 minutes gradually over a few weeks. If you have a diagnosed chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or osteoarthritis or if you have symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, dizziness or joint pain, talk to your doctor before you increase your activity levels.

The booklet will be distributed to older people in Dublin city through our Staff and Volunteer Network.