Recommended Guidelines

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.