Tipperary men over 45 urged to get active as part of Sport Ireland’s Your Personal Best Month this November

Broadcaster Simon Delaney and former rugby international John Hayes urge men over 45  in Tipperary to say, ‘no more excuses’ and get active as part of Sport Ireland’s Your Personal Best Month this November

 

  • Only one in four men aged 45-54 meet the recommended 150 minute of exercise per week*
  • 34% of men over the age of 45 regularly make excuses not to get active
  • 50% of those men that make excuses tell themselves that they’ll ‘start on Monday’
  • Bad weather is the most common excuse and is used 61% of the time

Broadcaster and actor Simon Delaney and former rugby international John Hayes are getting active as they partner with Sport Ireland for Your Personal Best Month in November – and they’re calling on men over 45 in Tipperary to ditch the excuses and get active.

Tipperary men over 45 urged to get active as part of Sport Ireland’s Your Personal Best Month this November

22 October 2020; Munster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions rugby legend John Hayes pictured at home on his farm in Cappamore, Co Limerick. John is an ambassador for Sport Ireland’s’ Your Personal Best’ Month, a project aimed at encouraging men over 45 years old to become more physically active and engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. Visit SportIreland.ie for details. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Your Personal Best Month is encouraging men aged over 45 to say, ‘no more excuses’ and to take part in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. The campaign was created by Sport Ireland in response to repeated studies, including Sport Ireland’s most recent Irish Sports Monitor, which have consistently shown that males aged over 45, particularly those from disadvantaged communities, are amongst those least likely to be active. As a result, they suffer from worse health, mental and physical, and are more likely to die younger, than the rest of the population.

 

Research** conducted as part of the launch of Your Personal Best Month shows that 61% of men over 45 believe they don’t get enough exercise. This isn’t enough to persuade them to get up and get out, as the research also shows that this group is using every excuse in the book when it comes to putting off getting active.

 

Of men over 45, 34% regularly make excuses for not exercising. The weather is the most common excuse, with almost two thirds of men over 45 who make excuses saying it’s either too hot, to cold or too wet to get out and get active, while 31% of them make an excuse every single day to avoid exercise.

 

Other excuses used to avoid exercise include just having eaten dinner (45%) and fear of missing their favourite television programme (16%), with 3% of men in this group saying they don’t want to add to the laundry as a reason to avoid breaking a sweat. More than half of men (57%) over 45 regularly convince themselves that they’ll ‘start on Monday’.

 

Simon Delaney, campaign ambassador commented: said: “I’m as good as anyone at making excuses and avoiding exercise. I much prefer watching a match than playing in one and have struggled in the past to find the motivation to get moving – particularly as we come into the winter months. When I heard about Your Personal Best Month, I was keen to get involved. It is the push I need to make a conscious effort to do more exercise every day, whether it’s walking the dog or popping to the shop on foot rather than taking the car. I’d encourage men like me to join us for the month of November, get a group of friends on board, set up a WhatsApp group or whatever works for you, and let’s support each other to get out and do more activity.”

 

The Your Personal Best campaign is being supported by the nationwide network of Local Sports Partnerships and sporting National Governing Bodies such as Cycling Ireland, Athletics Ireland and Get Ireland Walking, who will provide information, advice and programmes for men who want to become more active. The project is being funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund. Full details of Your Personal Best Month can be found at www.sportireland.ie/.

 

Sport Ireland Chief Executive Officer John Treacy said: “Sport Ireland are delighted to launch Your Personal Best month, which will help to shine a light on the need for men over the age of 45 to get more physically active and engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. It’s wonderful that this campaign is being supported by our network of National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships that reach into every community in the country, and this integrated approach will offer increased opportunities for those men who are looking to become more physically active. One of Sport Ireland’s key roles is to increase participation in sport and physical activity across all sections in society and Your Personal Best Month will play vital role in this.

 

“People can exercise and be physically active during Level 5 restrictions, and we would encourage everyone to continue to do so for their own wellbeing, but we also ask that people respect the guidelines and exercise within 5km of their home and if they are exercising with others to maintain social distancing of 2m as it’s important that we all play our part in keeping everyone safe.”

 

John Hayes played over 100 times for Ireland, winning a Six Nations Grand Slam as well as the European Cup with Munster. He admits himself that he became inactive after retiring from professional sport, but now enjoys regular exercise: “It changes completely why you’re doing it. When you’re doing it professionally, it’s your job. But when you don’t have anything making you do it, you might not do it as often any more. So it’s no harm to get a little reboot every now and again to make sure that you go back to it; Your Personal Best Month is about coming up with reasons to do it rather than excuses not to. The Sport Ireland website has loads of guidance about getting started if you haven’t got a sporting background.”

 

*Irish Sports Monitor 2019

**A nationally representative nationwide survey involving 1000 Irish adults was conducted between September 24th and 30th 2020 examining people’s attitudes towards exercise and physical activity. The survey was conducted by Teneo’s Sport and Sponsorship team and iReach.

 

Public Health Guidelines COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and those around us.  Exercise within 5 kilometres of home and distance yourself at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people. Avoid an area if it looks busy & remember to keep active in line with Government advice. The latest information, advice and guidelines regarding Covid-19 is available on Gov.ie.

 

Repeated studies, including Sport Ireland’s most recent Irish Sports Monitor, have consistently shown that males aged over 45, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are amongst those least likely to be active. As a result they suffer from worse health, mental and physical, and are more likely to die younger, than the rest of the population.

 

Sport Ireland’s Irish Sports Monitor 2019 revealed that only one in four men aged 45-54 meet the World Health Organisation’s recommended 150 minute of exercise per week. On average, men of this age are physically active for just 87 minute per week or 12 minute per day, with one in six not participating in any sport or exercise.

 

Socio-economic standing influences activity levels; those with the highest education and income are twice as likely to play sports than those the poorest backgrounds who, in turn, are the most likely to lead sedentary lives, with 16% claiming to take no form of exercise.

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