Why get active?

There are plenty of benefits of getting active as a family. Time stretched parents get an opportunity to get moving while the children burn off all that excess energy. Research shows that children whose parents are active are more than 5 times as likely to be active than those whose parents are not.


Quick Facts 

Physical activity helps parents and children to…

  1. Reinforces family bonds
  2. Establishes a lifetime of habit of being active
  3. Provides extra motivation and support
  4. Maintains healthy body weights
  5. Healthy way to reduces stress
  6. Improves quality of life
  7. Gives you more energy
  8. Helps you sleep better
  9. Builds family traditions
  10. It's fun to do things together!

Places to get active

When the last time your family tried something new?. If you're not sure what activities you'd like to try as a family, search the Places to Get Active tool to find out what's near you.

What do I need to do?

Remember, children don't need to get their daily target of 60 active minutes all in one go – they can do them in chunks of 10 minutes throughout the day! Click below for more helpful tips.

Tips to get active

Instead of watching TV, encourage your child to find fun activities to do on their own or with friends, such as playing chase or riding their bikes.

How to get active

We've put together some programmes that are available to help you in your journey to getting active.


I manage Terenure Rangers under 12s football team who play in the Dublin and District Schoolboy League (DDSL).  I have been coaching the boys since they were six years old and it’s great fun.  It keeps me relatively fit and hopefully helps to keep me young!  As you can imagine the boys are bundles of manic energy and keeping up with them gets harder especially when I join in for the end of training 5 a side game.  It’s great to see their enthusiasm for football and hopefully I can pass on my love of the game to them.  I’ve been playing football all my life and find it a great way to keep fit, make friends and socialise.  We have had the same group of boys together now for the last six years and they are a great bunch.  I hope that they are all still playing football at some level when they are my age and that they get as much out of playing as I do.

 Maurice, Dublin