Ireland Active’s sixth annual National Fitness Day was launched yesterday at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by ambassadors Andy Moran and Nathalie Lennon.

National Fitness Day will take place this year on Thursday, September 23rd with thousands across the country getting involved in a range of free healthy and fun activities in leisure centres and gyms.

It will have special resonance this year with the reopening of facilities after the disruption of Covid and lockdowns.

Schools, workplaces and exercise professionals are also set to take part, with participating fitness facilities across Ireland providing free activities on National Fitness Day to encourage people to be active.

On the day, virtual classes will be offered to workplaces nationwide, while schools will be participating in the “Take on the Teacher Challenge”.

National Fitness Day gives people of all ages the opportunity to avail themselves of free activities in their local community. A variety of mini-sessions, such as yoga, aqua aerobics, exercise class, pilates and fitness training will be offered to give people a taste for a range of different activities – all run by qualified and registered fitness instructors in a Covid-compliant manner.

Spearheaded by Ireland Active, National Fitness Day is supported by Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland and the European Commission. The purpose of the initiative is to highlight the benefits of regular physical activity while promoting the extensive range of sports, facilities and activities available for people across the country.

This year’s National Fitness Day kicks off the European Week of Sport (September 23rd – September 30th), a European-wide initiative that looks to promote sport and physical activity, with indoor, outdoor and virtual activities held throughout the week. T

The delivery of National Fitness Day activities and resources is carried out in partnership with REPs Ireland, Cara and Swim Ireland.

“In both my professional and sporting careers, I’ve seen first-hand the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and the benefits it has for both mind and body,” said Moran who spoke to us about his time through lockdown, his hopes for mayo at the weekend and about his new book expected out later this year…

 

“As a personal trainer, I’m particularly passionate about health and fitness,” added Lennon. “The range of activities available in this country is second to none and I would like to encourage everyone who can to get involved at their local leisure centre, gym, school or workplace, be it in the office or virtual, this National Fitness Day.”

“The last eighteen months have demonstrated just how important regular physical exercise can be for our mental health and wellbeing,” said Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers. “I am delighted to give my support to National Fitness Day, a fantastic way for people to become more involved in their communities and lead healthier, more active lives. Initiatives like these are incredibly important and are a significant help in making Ireland a healthier and happier place to live.”

Also speaking at the launch, John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland said: “Increasing levels of participation in sport and physical activity is a key objective for us in Sport Ireland. That is why on September 23rd, we are encouraging everybody to get involved in National Fitness Day as part of the European Week of Sport. This initiative highlights the excellent range of activities available at centres across Ireland, accessible to all no matter age or skill, and is a brilliant opportunity to get involved, try your hand at something new and see first-hand the good regular physical exercise can have.”

Karl Dunne, Chief Executive of Ireland Active added: “We are thrilled today to launch the sixth annual National Fitness Day. At Ireland Active, we are passionate about developing a fitter, healthier Ireland. This year’s National Fitness Day will run as part of the 2021 European Week of Sport and we are particularly proud that we will play our part in what will be a fantastic week of activities. After what has been a difficult year for our industry, we are really looking forward to seeing everyone get involved on the day and making use of the excellent facilities on offer across the country.”

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