Why get active?

Did you know that four out of five children in the Republic of Ireland are still not getting enough exercise, posing serious risks to their health and wellbeing? We know that the effects of inactivity are frightening but there is no doubt that regular physical activity has huge physical and mental benefits for our younger generation. The benefits of being active for physical and mental health are huge.  Being active helps release chemicals in your brain (endorphins), which have a positive effect on your mood, not to mention the benefits to your heart, lungs, muscles and bones.  Getting out and being active is also a great way to manage stress. 

Active teens

10 Health Benefits

Physical activity helps a child to…

  1. Improve agility, balance and co-ordination.
  2. Feel more energised - endorphins are released into their bloodstream during activity.
  3. Feel happier, by reducing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
  4. Burn and generate more energy.
  5. Improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
  6. Maintain healthy weight.
  7. Prevents sickness and illness because physical activity can help build a healthy heart, develop strong muscles and bones and may help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases that may occur in later life.
  8. Improve concentration.
  9. Improve self-esteem and helps them feel good about themselves.
  10. Develop friendships.

Benefits for children with disabilities

The benefits of getting active can be even greater for children with a disability. It can give them a good opportunity to make new friends, get fitter, stronger and healthier as well as learning a new skill and having fun. After all our sporting success at recent events such as Paralympic Games  and the Special Olympics, now is a good time to think about getting your child involved in physical activity. For more information go to www.healthpromotion.ie

Places to get active

Find the perfect place nearby for you to find activities your child will enjoy. Find playgrounds, parks, cycle trails and much around Ireland and take steps to build physical activity into you daily family life.

What do I need to do?

Did you know that four out of five kids in Ireland are still not getting enough exercise? There are many ways busy parents and families can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine. We've put together ten fun ways to encourage your child to be active.

Tips to get active

There are many ways busy parents and families can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine. We've put together our top ten tips to keeping kids and the family as healthy and active as possible.

How to get active

We've lots of information on programmes all over Ireland available to you and your kids on getting active.

Resources

From a very young age I played competitive sports including Gaelic football, soccer, athletics, badminton, basically anything that was on in my local town of Foxford. When I was in my teens I was lucky enough to have played for mayo on the ladies Gaelic team. I started on the U14s and U16s, then Minor and Senior. The dedication and motivation that was needed was something else. I was playing for a few teams at the same time and kept this going for a few years. Although I loved the sport especially the team element I fatigued and found myself not having the same grá for it that I did when I started. With a heavy heart I gave up playing at that level. So here I am now aged 30. I have tried many different hobbies, from joining a gym, to a game or two of tag rugby to light jogging around my local area but never kept any up consistently. Until this summer when I joined bootcamp in Templeogue. It is the first time since my teens that I go to exercise because I want to and not because I have to. It took me a while to find an exercise that works for me but now I have, I love going every week. I love the mix of jogging, to hard-core exercises, the trainer pushing you to push yourself, to the chats with a new face each week. I find its a great way to de-stress, feel good with the added benefit of a great night sleep afterwards. 

Roisin, Co. Mayo