Now that you know how much physical activity you and your family needs each day, we've put together lots of ways to get started from walking to swimming we've useful advice to help you get up, get out and get active. 

Walking

Walking is a great way to build up to your daily activity target. Whether, it is round your local park, a forest trail or something more adventurous in the countryside. All you need is a good pair of shoes or runners and clothes that will keep you warm and dry. The websites www.Irishtrails.ie  and www.walkireland.ie has lots of useful information about walking and cycling trails available for people to use and enjoy in Ireland. There are trails ranging from an hour, to half-day and full day walks and for every level of fitness.

The Irish Heart Foundation has information about the Slí na Sláinte walks. These are routes around towns that are signposted and ideal if you want to get out of the office for 40 minutes at lunch time or have half an hour to spare in the evening.

 

Fáilte Ireland www.discoverireland.ie/walking has over 70 routes all around the country. It is not just for tourists, it is a great source of information about other activities through out the country.

 

Forest trails

Coilte has over 10 forest parks and 150 recreation sites around Ireland. Most of the recreation sites have forest trails to suit all ages. The forest parks have a wide range of activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Take a picnic and you can easily find things to keep you busy for the whole day.http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/

Swimming

Swimming is a great way to get active particularly if it’s wet outside. You can find contact details for a swimming pool in your area on our places to get active search function 

Beaches

Ireland has some of the best beaches in Europe. If you live close to a beach, and many people do, they are a great place to spend an activity packed day. Soccer, hurling, paddling, building sandcastles and kite flying are fun for the whole family and you can take along a healthy picnic which means you can stay out for the whole day. Check out our facility search to find your closest beach.

 

Parks

There are parks in most towns around Ireland. They are great places for the whole family to get active whether it is kicking a ball, throwing a Frisbee or playing on of our active games.

Heritage sites, castles and gardens

You’d be surprised how just getting out into the fresh air encourages children to run around, many of the heritage sites and castles around the country have large open areas where the kids can burn off some energy. Many sites have walking trails so the whole family can get active. You can find out more about places of interest in your area on the Heritage Ireland website www.heritageireland.ie

 

Organised sport

Getting children involved in organised sport is a great way to set them on the road to being active right through to adult hood. Most sports have associations that can put you in contact with your local club. If you want to find out more about sport in your local area you can contact your Local Sports Partnership. Look out for sporting summer camps in July and August organised by sporting organisations such as the FAI and GAA.

 

You can find information about getting involved in a range of sports from the National Associations or governing bodies. Find links for a range of sporting organisations hereThe Irish Sports council has lots of information about sport in Ireland.

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