Exercise & Physical Activity
* This page is for people who want to book our individual exercise programmes or join a group exercise class in Sandyford. If you are affiliated to a Nursing Home/Daycare centre or older adult organisation and want to enquire about group bookings please call us on 01-2137915 or click here to find out more!
At Fit For Life we understand that the term 'Exercise' can have negative associations for some older adults and can sometimes be a major barrier to getting someone engaging in any from of movement or physical activity.
The truth of the matter is that 'any' form of movement while sitting, standing, lying down will have beneficial physical and mental benefits.
The delivery of appropriate, progressive and effective exercise classes and physical activity programmes is where Fit For Life started our services in 2001. We have developed, designed and delivered thousands of group and individual programmes specifically tailored for older adults from the most active, to older adults that may have had limited physical activity and had never exercised In their life.
What is the difference between Exercise & Physical Activity?
Physical activity is any movement that is carried out by the muscles that require energy. In other words, it is any movement a person does.
Exercise is, by definition, planned, structured, repetitive and intentional movement. Exercise is also intended to improve or maintain physical fitness.
Physical Fitness can be defined the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and to meet unforeseen emergencies.
Regardless of what level of physical fitness you are starting off at, we have the expertise and clinical background to provide you with an appropriate, safe and fun physical activity or exercise programme. We will ensure that you will get health benefits and positive results whilst safely achieving your goals.
We have numerous options of how we can assist you in improving your physical fitness including individual programmes in your own home, in-person or online, or in a group setting again (with in-person or 'Live' online options). Please click below to get more information.
With physical activity and exercise 'It's never to late to start but always to early to stop'!
To find out more about our services please click below or call us on (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior team members.
PhysiotherapyPhysiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimize the person’s mobility and functional capacity. Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiac conditions. They provide a broad range of assessment and therapy services specifically developed for the older adult population. Physiotherapy Services Include: ½ Day Inhouse Physiotherapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs). Extended Inhouse Physiotherapy Service for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week. Private Inhouse Physiotherapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our physiotherapists weekly. Falls Risk Assessments. *All of these services are carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists, members of the I.S.C.P.
Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy is designed to promote health, prevent injury or disability and develops, improves or sustains an individual’s level of independence. The most common referrals for our OT services include: Seating and pressure relief. Positioning and the prevention of contractures. Assisting activities of daily living (ADL’s) e.g. showering, eating, correct use of aids. Recommendations for environmental changes to assist ADL’s. Occupational Therapy Services Include: ½ Day inhouse Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs). Extended inhouse Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week. Private Inhouse Occupational Therapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our occupational therapists weekly. Falls Risk Assessments. *All of these services are carried out by Occupational Therapists, members of the A.O.T.I. (Assoc. of Occupational Therapists of Ireland).
Fit For Life - Group Exercise Therapy – Fitness Classes for Older AdultsFit For Life have been delivering researched based group exercise therapy since 2001. Group exercise has been extensively researched and is highly recommended as an ideal form of physical activity especially for the older adult. Fit For Life’s experience and expertise has led to the development of successful exercise intervention for older adults at all levels of physical ability. We deliver progressive, innovative and fun group exercise classes for older adults ensuring that benefits are gained by all who participate in our programmes. The benefits of physical activity include staying independent if possible. We all know the importance of independence and we work with people as this becomes more challenging. We ensure that individuals achieve their own potential, providing support with personal goals, and best practice interventions to achieve these goals. A Fit For Life group exercise class will be: Researched, designed and developed from years of experience and expertise. Measured – individual assessments are made prior, during and post 12 weeks block of classes to measure progress. Able to cater for specific populations and medical conditions and for participants of different levels of ability or fitness. Fun, social, innovative and easily tailored to all participants. Delivered by a certified Fit For Life trainer. Group Exercise Therapy Services Include: Groups adapted to all levels of capabilities: Nursing Home/Day-care Populations Stand Strong Balance and Falls prevention classes: Community & Fit for Life Clinic Physical and Cognitive Classes; Suitable for Alzheimer’s and related dementia. To find out more click here or call 01-2137915 to speak to one of our senior management team about your bespoke requirements.
Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia – Group and Individual Exercise TherapyWe have developed programmes that are suitable for varying levels of cognitive impairment. Our aims and goals improve physical function, reducing the risk of falls and improving mood and levels of agitation. We introduce equipment with our programmes that have very positive results with this population, creating socially engaging environments and positive stimulation. We introduce programmes that combine endurance exercise, functional exercise and social games. What is important is that our therapists know the clients and provide meaningful activities that ensure a person-centered intervention. Thus, providing a specific session to the client’s needs and abilities. Using this approach and having flexible programmes that can be adapted when required our therapists have the experience and know how to consistently deliver effective and engaging programmes. Please click here or call us on 01-2137915 to speak to one of our senior managers.
Allied TherapiesPhysical Therapy Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joints mobilizations and exercise therapy. Our Physical Therapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners, who work to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions. *All of these services are carried out by Physical Therapists, members of the IAPT (Irish Assoc. of Physical Therapists). Athletic Therapy A Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT) is a graduate level (BSc, level 8 NFQ) healthcare practitioner specializing in musculoskeletal management, exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specializes in evidence-based assessment, treatment and advanced rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. Your Certified Athletic Therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your presenting condition and contributing factors. This may include physical tests for range of motion, strength and specific special tests of the involved body parts as appropriate. Your CAT will then develop, implement, review and progress a treatment and rehabilitation plan with you. Your treatment plan may include manual therapies such as massage, myofascial/soft tissue release techniques, trigger point dry needling, joint mobilizations and/or electro or thermotherapies or taping techniques. And it will almost definitely include a home rehabilitation and exercise program which may focus on developing strength, range of motion, improving your balance and decreasing your falls risk! *All of these services are carried out by Certified Athletic Therapists, members of A.R.T.I. (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland) and BASRAT (British Assoc. of Sports Rehabilitators & Trainers).