Go for Life

Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people in Ireland and they have lots of ways to help you to be more active. They run PALs workshops, Go For Life Games, Go For Life Fitline and Go For Life Grant Scheme.

Go for Life is an Age and Opportunity initiative, funded by the Irish Sports Council. It runs in partnership with the Local Sports Partnerships and the Health Service Executive Health Promotion Units. 

http://ageandopportunity.ie/what-we-do/physical-activity-sport

 parkrun

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; all are welcome.

The HSE sponsors parkrun via the Healthy Ireland platform. parkruns official sponsorship deals make it possible for parkrun events to be free. Without its sponsors, parkrun could not survive.

Glo Health – Fit for life

GloHealth Fit4life is a programme for all runners, whether you are a complete beginner or a regular jogging/runner. The programme will help you to achieve improved levels of fitness and wellness within the club structure in a fun, sociable environment. 

http://www.athleticsireland.ie/clubs/fit4life/

Couch 2 5k beginners running programme

C25K is a fantastic program that's been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5km or 30 minutes in just eight weeks. Its secret is that it's a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up until after eight weeks, you're ready to run 5km or 30 minutes nonstop. There are plenty of smartphone apps that will do the job. http://www.c25k.com/

Men on the move

Men on the Move is a physical activity programme that is aimed at adult men to get them active, have fun and improve their fitness levels. The emphasis of the programme is to create awareness and understanding of the importance of physical activity and the health benefits not just of physical health but of mental health and well-being. Contact your local sports partnership to find out more. http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Local_Sports_Partnerships/LSP_Contact_Finder/

‘I pretty much spent my whole adult life in a car, in a chair at the office, or on a couch – being active was for other, more energetic and possibly slightly annoying people.  I was also very overweight, so even the thought of trying to get into any sort of stretchy clothing and move around in front of people was pretty scary - and even to my slight shame I really never did anything much to get out and run around with my son when he was small.  In my mid 30s I sort of got it together weightwise, and on the advice of the Weight Watchers lady, I just started to walk 30 minutes a day.  It sounds very little – but it was amazing how much of a difference it made to how I felt, and how much it helped me to lose weight. It’s hard to explain how starting to be even a little bit active changes you very quickly, even though it’s really hard at the beginning, and you often have to force yourself – really force yourself!  It’s hard when even the little bit you are doing makes you break out in a sweat. It’s hard when you make the HUGE mistake of comparing yourself to others. It’s very hard if you, like I did, spend too much time telling yourself that you’re ‘very unfit’ and ‘this isn’t making any difference’.  But then - your body makes progress remarkably fast – because I think really, deep down, our bodies want to move. We are born wriggly, and you can’t stop most little kids from running around.  Despite having sat on the sidelines for pretty much all my life, feeling pretty awful about how I looked and how unfit I was, just walking for 30 minutes a day changed how I feel forever. I am now very proud of being a pretty active person – even though I am still not a skinny one! I now cycle to work and home again every day, so the exercise doubles as transport, it’s a feeling of freedom from traffic, from stale air in the car – I get to see the city close up, I feel clearer headed, and it also makes a huge difference to my mood and how I react to the normal ups and down of the week. I still don’t look great in stretchy clothes but nothing dents the happiness and even confidence you can create from minding yourself and letting your body do what it wants – deep, deep down underneath the sofa cushions.’

Fidelma, Limerick.