The World Health Organisation’s guidelines suggest that older men should undertake at least 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days per week, with at least 2 of those days including resistance training for the major muscle groups. However it can be difficult for older men to gain access to exercise programmes with the majority available being female focused. Since 2015, Siel Bleu Ireland has been partnering with The Irish Men’s Sheds Association through the Shedders for Life initiative to make exercise accessible to the members of the sheds. Our programmes with the Men’s Sheds offer an avenue for men to learn about the importance of exercise and to practice physical activity with the guidance of a professional trainer in the comfort of their own shed. The programmes are simple but effective, and can easily be replicated at home.
The benefits of exercise for older men cannot be underestimated. Men who are active have lower risk of developing heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, some cancers, dementia and depression, which is a significant issue for men in Ireland. Through exercise, older men can retain and build muscle strength as well as improving flexibility which can lend themselves to helping men keep their independence. While the physical benefits are important, the group camaraderie and banter has a huge impact on the men’s state of mind.
To try Siel Bleu’s Exercise for Shedders programme in your shed contact us.