A new Keep Well Walking Challenge has been launched with the aim of encouraging people to walk for 30 minutes each day over the remainder of 2020 and so adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routine.

The campaign is backed by Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking and Healthy Ireland. It is supported by a new app that will allow users to keep a record of their walking and help all participants to stay motivated.

The handy app will provide useful tips on advice on how to build walking into everyday routines. It can be downloaded at getirelandwalking.ie/app/

As part of the 21-day campaign, well-known people from across Ireland will share their favourite walk of 2020, whether it is a socially distanced walk with a loved one or simply a lunchtime escape from the bedroom office.

The Irish Times on Saturday published a list of 32 walks around Ireland with one in each county.

“The benefits of physical activity are undisputed and walking is the most accessible form of physical activity available,” said Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin.

“I am delighted to say that I will be taking part in the Keep Well Walking Challenge and have already downloaded the app to help keep me motivated and track my progress through the month of December.”

“Walking is a brilliant form of physical activity that is accessible to all and despite everything that has happened it 2020 it was wonderful to see the numbers of people that have become involved in recreational walking – it’s a great sign for the health of the nation.,” added Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers.

“It is hugely encouraging to see that the levels of recreational walking in Ireland are higher than ever,”  added Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.

“Physical activity is vital for the health of the nation, mental as well as physical, and one of the positives to come out of 2020 is that people now recognise the importance of physical activity as part of their daily lives. The Keep Well Walking Challenge and the new app will further help walking become part of people’s habits.”

The Keep Well Walking Challenge is part of Keep Well. The Keep Well campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. It provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can make a plan to do things that will help us keep well through the coming months.


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