Gathering Again for National Fitness Day

Ireland’s fourth National Fitness Day will take place on September 26th with a range of activities taking place around the country.

The initiative is driven by Ireland Active, representing the fitness and leisure sector and is supported by Healthy Ireland, Sport Ireland and Fitbit.

One of the landmark activities this year will be the second Docklands Fitfest as part of Dublin City Council’s Dublin Sportsfest.

Docklands FitFest

Docklands Fitfest will offer everyone the chance to enjoy group fitness classes including Boogie Bounce, HIIT and Boxercise throughout the day at a special pop up fitness centre on Grand Canal Dock in front of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Sport for Business will be there through the day and we hope that many of our members with office facilities in the area will join us.

Participating Ireland Active members across the country will open their facilities on National Fitness Day, along with workplaces and schools getting in on the action too.

People of all ages will have the chance to avail of free activities, and a range of taster sessions including yoga, aqua-aerobics, group exercise, Pilates, boxercise and fitness training run by qualified and registered fitness instructors.

There will be prizes as well including leisure centre membership vouchers, sports equipment vouchers and Fitbits to be distributed to competition winners who get involved.

Ambassador

“I’m absolutely delighted to be part of this for a fourth year in a row,” said National Fitness Day ambassador and six-time Camogie All-Star, Anna Geary.

“As an ambassador for National Fitness Day, I realise the importance of physical activity. Sport and exercise have always played an important role in my life, and the importance of regular exercise in supporting wellbeing, reducing stress and improving health is something I see every day. National Fitness Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight and sample many of the facilities and activities for people to get physically active across the country.”

Geary was joined yesterday by five time All Ireland winning Kerry footballer and Dancing with the Stars Champion Aidan O’Mahony.

“I’ve always played sport, I’m lucky to have played for my county Kerry for most of my life,” he said.

“I retired from inter-county football in 2017, but I still try to play for my club Rathmore. Exercising and playing sport is a massive part of my life, it contributes to my overall physical and mental wellness. I’m thrilled to be part of National Fitness Day this year, and I encourage everyone to get out, get active and try out a new sport or activity.”

“National Fitness Day is Ireland’s Annual celebration of health and fitness, running as part of the European Week of Sport,” said Conn McCluskey, CEO of Ireland Active.

“We are delighted to roll out the initiative for the fourth year in Ireland.”

“Getting people physically active is incredibly important for the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation. Ireland Active members provide excellent facilities and support for people of all levels of fitness to get started and then to commit to a sustainable way of doing what they can for their own health.”

Try Something New

“The idea of the day is to try something new and then to develop a habit of fitness.”

“Some of our members are offering active ageing sessions, kids sessions and DJ’s running sessions. We have a number of workplaces getting involved and around 100 schools doing a take on the teacher session.

“The aim is to have 10,000 people trying something new and hopefully starting a healthier lifelong approach to their own wellbeing.”

“I am delighted to support National Fitness Day which encourages everyone, young and old, to get involved in sport and exercise,” said Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D.

“This is very much the message of Healthy Ireland, which aims to support individuals and communities to become more active and improve their health and wellbeing. Exercise is something that everyone should enjoy, and National Fitness Day is a great opportunity to try out a new activity and make a positive change in our daily lives.”

“Increasing participation levels in sport and physical activity is vital, it’s a key priority for Sport Ireland and National Fitness Day is an excellent initiative that encourages people of all ages and skill levels across Ireland to get active and to enjoy healthier lives,” added Una May, Director of Participation at Sport Ireland.

“We’re thrilled to be involved with the fourth Ireland Active National Fitness Day,” said Briaian Curtin, Marketing Director of Fitbit.

“It’s great to see such an important initiative receiving such great support across the country. Exercising daily, playing sport and eating well is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and National Fitness Day is an ideal opportunity to convey this message across Ireland. I’d encourage anyone who can to get down to Docklands Fitfest and learn more about the benefits of leading a fit and healthy life.”

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Image Credits: Morgan Treacy, Inpho.ie

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