'Move for Life': University of Limerick seeking 500 over 50s for new exercise study

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Jim Hartigan and Peg Grimes at the launch of Move For Life at UL Picture: Sean Curtin True Media

Jim Hartigan and Peg Grimes at the launch of Move For Life at UL Picture: Sean Curtin True Media

PEOPLE over the age of 50 who want to become more active are encouraged to take part in a new, wide-ranging research study in Limerick. 

The ‘Move for Life’  study, to be conducted by a research team at the University of Limerick, will bring together expertise from sport and exercise science, medicine, physiotherapy and psychology.

As part of the study, the university is seeking to recruit 500 people to take part in fun walking, cycling and general exercise programmes. 

Activity programmes will run out of eight hubs, four in Limerick, and will run for between eight and 12 weeks.

National guidelines recommend  at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week for all adults, according to UL’s Professor Catherine Woods, the leader of the Move for Life team. 

“Yet few meet these physical activity guidelines, including at least 63% of people in Limerick and 57% of people in Clare,” Prof Woods said. 

“We would encourage people in the target age group to sign up on our website, www.MoveForLife.ie, attend one of our induction evenings and take part in this project.” 

“We will provide the groups in each area with fun physical activity programmes such as Women on Wheels, Get Ireland Walking, Men on the Move and Go for Life Games,” Prof Woods added.

“Activities are suitable for men and women, for those who do little or no activity and we are aiming to recruit over 500 people over the duration of the study.” 

Those who would like to take part can register at www.MoveForLife.ie or attend an induction evening which are due to take place in May. 

Induction evenings will take place at Caherdavin Community Centre on May 14 and 21 and at Claughaun GAA Club on May 22 and 29.

More induction evenings will take place at Croom Civic Centre on May 23 and 30 and at the Newcastle West Community Centre on May 24 and 31. 

All induction evenings take place from 6pm to 10pm.