Weekly Exercise Classes
Dr Anne O’Malley is particularly interested in bone health and encouraging the public to stay active throughout their lifespan. Since 2021 she has been running exercise classes in several local community centres for those interested in maintaining fitness, building bone density, muscle mass and improving balance.
World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines recommend that any person over 18 should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise activity on at least 5 days a week as well as strength training for the main muscle groups twice a week. Those over 65 years of age should engage in strength training three times a week as well as balance training. This is necessary due to the change in muscle physiology as we grow older, thus strengthening can help to combat these effects, as well as improving muscle reaction times, thus improving balance and helping to prevent falls.
Anne runs weekly classes in;
- Cappamore Community Centre (Tuesday and Wednesday morning)
- Caherconlish Millenium Centre (Wednesday late morning)
- Marian Hall, Tipperary Town (Thursday morning)
- Pallasgreen Community Centre (Friday morning)
Bookings are essential for these classes which usually run in 4-week blocks. Single classes may be booked. Class fees are available on request. The class is a moderate-intensity strengthening class. It is suitable for anyone returning to fitness/ aiming to build fitness levels, anyone with poor balance, anyone post-surgery (at least 6 weeks post-op) or with conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Classes are led by Anne, and participants work on each exercise at their own pace. These classes are ideal for anyone wishing to supplement their weekly cardio exercise schedule with a strengthening programme. Prior to attendance, Anne will do a health screening by phone. This does not exclude anyone from the class, it is only necessary so that Anne is aware of any pre-existing medical conditions.