Sport Ireland and the network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in the country have developed a four-week physical activity plan for older adults as part of Positive Ageing Week.
The resource will support people to reach the minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended in Ireland’s National Physical Activity Plan. This will help an individual’s strength and confidence in their body, supporting them to be more physically active as well as developing transferable skills for everyday life.
This resource has been developed by Sport Ireland and a working group of LSP Community Sport Development Officers in conjunction with Age & Opportunity.
This resource is fully adaptive for people of all abilities and ages and includes an activity planner to help individuals track their progress throughout the four weeks. Simply print out the resource or display it on a phone and be active.
Speaking on the release of the resource, John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland said,
“This International Day of Older Persons, Sport Ireland are delighted to be launching the Older Adult Home Exercise Plan with the support of the Network of Local Sports Partnerships and Age & Opportunity. By building these exercises in to your daily routine and tracking your progress over the few weeks, you will notice a huge improvement in your physical and mental well- being, and we need that more than ever right now”
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Sport Ireland and the Network of Local Sports Partnerships have been working hard to ensure the people remain physically active. The LSP's have adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.
For more information on the resource, see the documents below