Website Links

 American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide.  ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. This website supports all those working in the field of physical activity promotion.

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health provides a range of physical activity training, resources and evidence briefings for the general public as well as those working to promote active living

Irish Trails

Looking for something to do in the great outdoors? This website provides a list of cycling routes and trails, national way-marked trails, national looped walks, and forest trails. You can search for advise and look up your some trails when planning where to walk or cycle.  Use the interactive map to locate walking and cycling trails to go get out and and enjoy nature.

 HSE Community Games

  The Community Games website lists a wide range of sport and cultural events available to children and young people living in Ireland.  Hundreds of adult volunteers support Community Games every year

Get Ireland Walking logo

 This website provides tips and advice for anyone who wants to start walking to feel better and also supports anyone wishing to start up a walking group.  The website also hosts a list of established walking groups throughout Ireland. 

American heart Association

Under the ‘Getting Healthy’ tab of the The American Heart Association one will find a range of useful information to get more active.  From fitness basics to motivation tips, there is something for everyone.

   Australian heart foundation

The Australian Heart Foundation lists a range of resources, and supports for those seeking to live a more active lifestyle under Active Living: Get Active; Sit Less; Active Families; Healthy Active Communities and Active Workplaces. Also has links for professionals interested in promoting physical activity in the built environment.

Open Streets

This website supports and guides anyone wishing to ‘Open streets’ temporarily to people only by closing them to cars with a view to the street becoming a place where people of all ages and abilities can come out to improve their health.

IHF logo

The Irish Heart Foundation promotes physical activity and active living and lists a number of heart health programmes, campaigns and initiatives for communities, schools and workplaces, including Slí na Sláinte, Active @ Work and supportive resources.

 Change 4 life

 Change4Life advocates for better health for all the family. Although a UK website, it provides useful tips and ideas on active travel, active holiday planner, lists hundreds of games for kids to have fun indoors and outdoors, and you can also download the smart step-o-meter or try to 10 minute Shake up.

Sport England

This website hosts arrange of information about sport in the UK some of which is applicable to any population group, i.e. children and young people, adults, women in sport and shares popular campaign ideas such as ‘This Girl Can’.

 

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