The National Physical Activity Plan

National PA Plan

Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Global Strategy on PA

The Toronto Charter on Physical Activity

Toronto Charter

I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth