The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland (DoH, 2009) adopted the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global recommendations on physical activity for health. These Guidelines say
|Children and young people (aged 2 –18)||All children and young people should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every day.Include muscle-strengthening, flexibility and bone-strengthening exercises 3 times a week.|
|Adults (aged 18–64)||At least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week (or 150 minutes a week).|
|Older people (aged 65 +)||At least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity on five days a week, or 150 minutes a week. Focus on aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening and balance.|
|Adults with disabilities||Be as active as your ability allows. Aim to meet adult guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on 5 days a week.|
The National Physical Activity Plan aims to help everyone in Ireland to get closer to meeting these guidelines.