Four-week physical activity plan for older adults launched by Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership

Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership has rolled out a four-week physical activity plan for older adults as part of Positive Aging Week.

The resource has been developed by Sport Ireland and a working group of LSP Community Sport Development Officers in conjunction with Age & Opportunity.

It will support people to try and reach a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended in Ireland’s National Physical Activity Plan. It will help an individual’s strength and confidence in their body which will support them to be more physically active as well as developing transferable skills for everyday life.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership has been working hard to ensure the people of County Wicklow remain physically active.

As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership has 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.

Denise O’Shea, Co-ordinator of Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership, said: ‘’We are here to support older people to try and reach a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended in Ireland’s National Physical Activity Plan. Physical Activity not only changes your body, it changes your mind, attitude and your mood. The Older Adult Home Exercise Plan will have a huge impact on older people’s wellbeing especially at times like this.”

John Treacy, Chief Executive, Sport Ireland, stated: “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 into 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”.

This resource is fully adaptive for people of all abilities and ages. There is an activity planner included to help your track your progress throughout the four-weeks. Simply print out the resource or display it on your phone and be active!

For more information on the resource visit wicklowlsp@wicklowcoco.ie or contact Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership on 0404-20100.

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