Be Active & Be Happy

Getting regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health.

Physical health  

Being physically active can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight which can in turn help to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Mental health 

All movement can help lift your mood, reduce stress and improve self-esteem.  Getting active in green or blue space has added mental health benefits.

Social health 

Exercise can be fun and social. Join a new class, team or group or simply get active with friends, family or colleagues.

Being physically active can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight

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How much activity should I do?  

Adults should be active at a moderate intensity, for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  Read more here about moderate intensity movement and some simple ways to achieve it.

Muscle strengthening activity should be included 2-3 days a week.  Discover some simple muscle strengthening exercise videos here. 

It is also recommended that older adults should include balance activities 2-3 days per week.  You can watch our short video here to guide you through some simple balance movements. 

Why not challenge yourself to get active for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and achieve the recommended guidelines for activity with our 6 week Move More Walking Challenge.

What is sedentary behaviour?  

Sedentary behaviour is any time spent sitting or lying down and using very little energy, while awake. This includes time spent sitting at a computer, watching television and or driving, etc.

Sedentary behaviour has been shown to increase your risk of developing heart disease or stroke. Even if you get the recommended amount of physical activity but spend a lot of time sitting down, you could still be putting your health at risk.

Check out how long you spend sitting down every day by using our Sitting Time Calculator and if you find you need to reduce your sitting time then why not take on our Escape Your Chair Challenge or get active at your desk with our Deskercise routine.

Adults should be active at a moderate intensity, for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week

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Tips for getting active  

Get Active Resources 

Move More Walking Challenge

Be Active Leaflet

Walk for Heart Health Leaflet

Find a Slí na Sláinte walking route in your area 

Start a Walking Group in your community 

Create an active workplace

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