No matter how old you are, how fit you are, or how busy you are, walking works. The most important thing is to aim for a pace that slightly raises your heartbeat and makes you breathe a little faster and feel a little warmer. Once you can still talk, you're doing well!
Find ways to fit walking into your day, or to encourage yourself to get moving. Try meeting friends for a walk instead of a drink, or just walk the short journeys that you sometimes drive. Taking the stairs instead of an elevator is also a great way to increase the amount of walking you do every day!
Kids need to be active every day. All activity, no matter how short, counts - whether it’s organised sports or active play at home.
We should aim for our kids to play and be active at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every day. Anything from games like hide-and-seek to cycling or playing football in the garden is good.
There are some great ideas at START
to get you started!
Even very young children can benefit from being active. You can get more great tips at the HSE
Find an activity you like
You are more likely to remain physically active if you find an activity you enjoy and can fit it into everyday life. Like many things, friends can make things easier for you. Find someone you know and invite them along!
Local sports partnerships
Every day in communities across the country Sport Ireland
helps people to get active and removes barriers to physical activity and involvement in sport though our network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs). The LSPs, which were established and are led by Sport Ireland, are passionate about getting Ireland physically active, involved in sport and ensuring everyone in the community has the chance to be included.
The Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnership Network has a range of initiatives and supports to help you stay physical active during the COVID-19 restrictions.
is a brilliant place to start running. It’s a weekly, free and timed run in a growing number of different locations across the country.
You turn up on a Saturday morning, just before 9:30 and run, walk or jog your way around a 5k course. Remember... it's not a race!
Like many things in life, friends can make things easier for you. Find someone you know and invite them along. Then go down together and take on the world.
Whether you want to learn how to swim for safety reasons, as a distraction from life, for your health or competitively, the beauty about swimming is that it can be done throughout life.
Swimming is both a valuable life skill and an activity you can enjoy throughout your life. Swimming can be accessed by all abilities and has many therapeutic, mental and physical health benefits!
Swim Ireland has accredited swim schools located across the island of Ireland. For further information on all things swimming, please go to our partners in Swim Ireland
More and more people are cycling everyday either as part of their commute to work or school or as exercise. Cycling Ireland has lots of information for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
A good place to start is Bike for Life
- a 'sofa to saddle' progamme which gives people the skills and knowledge to enjoy cycling and cycle safely from scratch.
Protect Your Skin
Most people living in Ireland have fair skin, the type which burns easily and tans poorly, so are at high risk of UV damage and skin cancer.
We need to protect our skin and that of our children. Exposure to UV radiation during childhood is particularly harmful, protecting skin during childhood is extremely important.
The advice is do not try to get a suntan. Avoid getting a sunburn and never use a sunbed.
Below are the tips to follow to protect your skin:
Know the UV Index: When the UV index is 3 or above you need to protect your skin. In Ireland, the UV index is usually 3 or above from April to September, even when it is cloudy. Stay safe by limiting time in the sun when UV is strongest, typically between the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm
Slip on Clothing: Cover skin as much as possible, wear long sleeves, collared t-shirts, clothes made from close-woven material that does not allow sunlight through.
Slop on Broad-Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30+ for adults and 50+ for children, with high UVA protection, and water resistant. Reapply regularly. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, it should be used alongside other protective measures such as clothing and shade.
Slap on a Wide Brimmed Hat: Protect your face, ears and neck.
Seek Shade: Sit in cover of trees to avoid direct sunlight. Use a sunshade on your buggy or pram. Keep babies and children out of direct sunlight.
Slide on Sunglasses: Guard your eyes from harm by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.