Why get active?

Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer?

Are you one of 1 in 3 Irish people who are active on a regular basis?

The health benefits of regular physical activity are hard to overlook. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise?

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Health Benefits Facts

  • Did you know if are regularly active, you are reducing your risk of developing 35 chronic diseases.
  • Physical activity can add years to your life
  • Physical activity improves quality of your life
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps you manages stress better
  • Improves your quality of sleep
  • Builds muscle tone
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Makes you feel great!

Places to get active

Believe it or not, getting active can be easy and enjoyable. There are places to go to get active all year round - from leisure centres to walks on cool crisp winter days - it’s a great way to put a smile on your face. You've now got thousands of places to go and get active to find out about through our 'Places to Get Active' database.

What do I need to do?

Here’s a question: If you sleep an average of 8 hours per day, what are you doing for the remaining 15.5 hours of the day? Sitting behind a wheel? Sitting at work? Sitting watching tv? Sitting while you eat? In Ireland, people spend on average 5.3 hours sitting each workday. At work many of us sit for long periods of time. In Ireland, men on average sit for 5.5 hours each day, while women sit on average for 5.2 hours on day. Did you know that Adults should be getting at least 30 minute a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week (or 150 minutes a week). Read more here about how much activity you need for good health.

Tips to get active

In a perfect world, we would have lots of free time for being active. However, sometimes life can be busy with school, college, work and family. To help and inspire you, we've put together some of our top tips for easy ways to squeeze in a workout.

How to get active

How much, how hard, how often? This section will set you up for success, as your achievements will help keep you motivated. Start with a one main goal to work towards. For example, it might be to walk or cycle for 10 minutes without stopping or to train for your first triathlon.


I bought a bike 5 years ago on the Cycle to Work Scheme in the hopes that I would get a few extra minutes in bed in the morning and not be late for work.  Turns out cycling was my new found love.  I thoroughly enjoy it.  After 2 years I decided I wanted to get a better bike.  I spoke to a family friend who was into sportives and told him I was thinking of upgrading and told him what I wanted.  I didn’t really know what I was looking for but he seemed to know what I wanted!! He rang me a few months later and said he found the perfect racer bike on DoneDeal and did I want to go ahead.  He described the bike as “beautiful” I thought to myself it was unusual to call a bike beautiful.  Turns out the bike is beautiful!!  I then decided to join a triathlon club but cycling is really my favourite part.  This year I have taken part in the Cycle Against Suicide and the Ring of Kerry.  I do still like my few extra minutes in bed which have are a few more now that I a bit faster on the bike!! 

 Muiriosa, Co. Galway