Saturday 19 August 2017

'Shocking' figures show people get a third of recommended exercise levels

New research shows the average person in this country gets just 48 minutes of exercise per week. Stock photo
New research shows the average person in this country gets just 48 minutes of exercise per week. Stock photo

Rory Tevlin

Irish people are lagging behind when it comes to exercise, as most of us get less than a third of the recommended amount of activity.

New research shows the average person in this country gets just 48 minutes of exercise per week.

The National Guidelines for Physical Activity recommends that people should undertake at least 150 minutes of activity per week, made up of at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, five times a week.

The study, commissioned by Aramark, surveyed more than 2,000 people across the UK and Ireland.

It revealed that men tended to do more physical activity than women in every age bracket surveyed.

The average man in the 18- to 24-year-old age bracket got almost two hours of exercise per week (115 minutes). Women of the same age got on average 90 minutes per week.

Men in the 51 to 66 age bracket got almost double the weekly amount of exercise (25 minutes) compared with their female counterparts (15 minutes).

Former Ireland rugby star and Aramark ambassador Alan Quinlan voiced concern over the findings.

He said: "The results of this research are quite shocking.

"The average person gets less than a third of the recommended amount of weekly exercise, and what's even more shocking is the fact that most people don't even know what the national guidelines are.

"The approaching summer months make it easier to spend more time outside and get fit.

"Staying active doesn't have to mean major commitments like completing monthly triathlons or marathons; it can mean fitting exercise into your daily routine, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to work instead of driving, or taking an exercise class a couple of times a week."

Irish Independent

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