Saturday 22 July 2017

Munster over-50s the most active

Over-50s need at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, at least five times a week
Over-50s need at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, at least five times a week

Yet another survey shows over-50s are not doing enough exercise. But this research tells us why.

The national study by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) on the exercising habits and physical activity of over-50s in Ireland shows 59pc are not getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week.

Almost one in five exercise once a month or less. The most cited reasons for not going for walks more than once a week is a general dislike of walking (21pc) .

This is followed by health-related issues such as knee (20pc) and back (15pc) problems, and arthritis (17pc). People in Munster are the most active with 44pc hitting recommended targets. Connacht/Ulster has the worst record.

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