Get Ireland Active

Get off the couch with getirelandactive.ie! Get Up, Get Out, Get Active

-      Do you know how long you spend sitting each day?

-       Irish people spend on average 5.3 hours sitting each weekday

-      Do you want to get out and about more?

-      Visit the New HSE Website to Get Ireland Active

How many hours do you spend sitting each day - at work, in the car, at meals, watching TV? You might be surprised to learn that Irish people spend on average 5.3 hours sitting each weekday!

Now you can find your own daily sitting total with the sitting time calculator on the HSE’s new website getirelandactive.ie . The calculator adds up the number of hours you spend sitting and evaluates your risk of ‘sitting disease’. The website also suggests tips on how to fight ‘sitting disease’ by building more activity into your day.

Prolonged sitting is as dangerous to a person’s health as smoking, according to researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast. The study found that sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even early death.*

Since the beginning of the New Year, many of us have taken both small and big steps to get off our seats and get more active and thereby challenge the “sitting disease”. The HSE is encouraging you to continue on your get active journey and not to fall off the wagon now that January is over. The HSE’s dynamic website, getirelandactive.iewill help you on your journey, providing you with user-friendly advice and help in getting active no matter what age you are or your level of fitness. The content is streamed from the early years right up to older adults with expert advice from professionals such as the HSE’s physical activity co-ordinators.

Colm Casey, HSE Physical Activity Co-ordinator said, “Researchers, scientists and health professionals know that being active on a regular basis can lead us to healthier and even happier lives. Evidence shows that people who are physically active generally live longer, and have a lower risk of suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, cardiovascular disease and depression. However, sometimes people need a little bit of encouragement to make positive changes to their lives. We are hoping that by raising awareness about the benefits of physical activity that we will inspire more people to become active in 2016, continuing on for the entire year and beyond. Log on to getirelandactive.ie  to help you get started.’’

The 2015 Healthy Ireland survey found that two thirds of the Irish population do not engage in enough, regular physical activity, particularly women of all ages, those at home doing domestic duties, unemployed people, and older people.

According to Sarah O’Brien, HSE National Lead for the Healthy Eating and Active Living Programme, “Studies show that few Irish people take part in regular physical activity particularly women, unemployed people and older adults. The HSE’s new website getirelandactive.ie  aims to get as many people as possible to become aware of the appropriate level of physical activity for their age. The website offers bespoke content that is motivating, inspiring and engaging, yet supportive of all Irish age groups no matter how active or inactive they are.

“It gives key information on the health benefits of being physically active with motivation tips and a database full of places throughout Ireland where you can go to be active.  We know that in a perfect world, we all would have lots of free time for being active. However, sometimes life can be busy. Our website aims to inspire you with top tips for easy ways to squeeze in some physical activity into your day. The website is also proving to be a valuable resource for professionals, who are interested in learning about and promoting physical activity as part of their work.”