Keeping active and being outdoors even during the winter; looking after your physical health can help your mental health and wellbeing.
Take a look below at some opportunities to get off the couch and get active.
Older Adult Online Exercise Classes
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are linking up with Siel Bleu to deliver a 12-week online exercise programme for over 55's and a second one for over 65's. They are free, interactive and will include a phone call with the instructor before the first session to make sure the participants are prepared and if they have any particular needs. For more information or to register please email email@example.com
Couch To 3K
Whether you have never jogged before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 3K is an easy way of getting more energy and feeling healthier. This DLR Sports Partnership programme is for everyone, male and female, who would like to get from walking to jogging, but might be a little unsure on how to get started. The programme works because it is not just focused on running, it starts with a mix of walking and jogging to gradually build up your fitness & stamina. It is aimed at beginners and based on your time and ability to participate. Includes warm ups, stretching, cool downs, weekly activity plans and information videos sent to participant throughout the 6 weeks. Participants receive medals and other materials at the end of the programme. A new 6-week programme is starting at the beginning of April and you can register your interest by emailing Kevina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men On the Move
Men on the Move is a free 12-week physical activity programme aimed at adult men over the age of thirty to support them to become active, have fun and improve their fitness levels in a social group. The twice weekly one-hour physical activity sessions online focus on aerobic exercises for 30-40 minutes and then works on core strength and flexibility for twenty minutes. We will be including a variety of different sessions some of which include walking, circuits and running. Click here
IWA Multi-Sports Club
A virtual multi-sport club for children with a physical disability. Weekly zoom sessions for 10-20 children with supervisors facilitated by the Sports Partnership and IWA Sport. Each week the participants will have 10 minutes of meet and greet followed by 40 minutes of a different sport each week. For more information or to register please email Brian O'Donnell at email@example.com.
“Lets Stay Active Together" Challenges
To help you stay active at home find challenges to suit all ages and abilities including “The Grandparents Challenge”, “The Scrambled Leg Challenge”, “The Fighting Fit Challenge”, and the “Move to the Rhythm Dance Challenge”. Click here for more information.
Online Video Sports Activities
To keep motivated and active focuses on different ages, activities, abilities, and specific sports – Check out their YouTube channel here.
Activities for All – Physical Activity Plan to Support People with a Disability
A 4-week physical activity plan designed for people with a disability, aims to improve people’s fitness, skills and balance as well as helping build confidence to regularly participate in sport and physical activity. Click here for more information.
Older Adult Home Exercise Plan
A printable resource, developed to support older adults to try and reach the minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Helps build strength and confidence in the body, to support people being more physically active as well as developing transferable skills for everyday life. Click here for more information.
Volunteer Training organised by DLR Sports Partnership
- Safeguarding 1 & 2 Workshops online.
- Autism in Sport Workshop (CARA)
- Safe Return to Sport - Take the Covid-19 Return to Sport Course. Sport Ireland has created an online Covid-19 Return to Sport Course for coaches and volunteers to help return to sporting activities. More information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and online here.
SWAP – Senior Wellness and Activity Programme – Staying Active Programme
Local community programme aimed at involving disadvantaged older people, including those with dementia and intellectual disabilities, in physical activity to boost mental health and wellbeing and to encourage them to stay socially connected. Click here for more information. Contact: Southside Partnership - email@example.com
Lifting your Spirits through Dance for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Exhilarating and creative modern dance classes for those with mental health issues and seniors. The focus of the class is improving health & well-being through the creative, physical and cognitive aspects of dance while enhancing social connection. Dance Theatre of Ireland – Tel: 01 280 3455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Activity & Mental Health Initiative for Young Traveller Men Aged 16-25
Activity programme to enhance physical and mental wellbeing in a supportive environment offering support and advice on mental health issues. Contact: Exchange House – Tel: 01 872 1094 or email email@example.com
Living Well with Dementia - Weekly walking Group in Cabinteely Park
Due to current Government guidelines these weekly walks have been suspended, but will recommence when restrictions allow. Walks are inclusive of people with dementia, taking place Thursday afternoons. The walks are a great way to meet new people while getting some valuable exercise. For further Info & to Register Email: Mary Spain firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 086 041 8450
Living Well with Dementia - Weekly Movement to Music Online Class
Every Friday and a wonderful uplifting class encouraging people to keep dancing in their own homes. Email email@example.com and more information available here
Men’s Sheds Exercises & Siel Bleu
Siel Bleu have a series of online exercises for Shedders classes. To watch the videos click here
Age & Opportunity Exercises
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am on Facebook. Click here for more information.
Dance Theatre Ireland
Well Dance for Seniors, At Home, Thursdays 11 am
Well Dance is a way, a time & a place to re-discover important things and turn strangers into friends. A dance hour that is not only Good for you, it improves mood, fitness and hope. It addresses quality of life for many people, their health, value and well being. Moving, learning something new, getting lost in the wonder of moving together—dance can tap forgotten parts of the human experience of living, and transport people to a kinaesthetic place. Dancing matters, the Arts matter, because they help us to understand how WE matter! Info & Registration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dancing Well with Parkinsons, Fridays 11-12 am is a weekly movement class for people with Parkinson's and their carers. It can be done entirely seated or combining seating and standing-- it's a do as you are able glass--- all to great music. Designed to improve breathing, balance, flexibility and strength, and for sheer fun. In conjunction with Move4Parkinsons. Info & Registration Email: email@example.com
Well-Dance for Seniors Thursdays 11am is an extremely popular modern dance programme; It’s a movement class that will guide you through a series of simple, modern and creative dance movements & exercises to improve breathing, balance, fluidity, flexibility and strength-- all to a great range of music (For example: Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Eva Cassidy and more) – These classes set you up for the day, with exceptional fun and fantastic results. Info & Registration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Movement & Music inclusive of people with Dementia (and their families) Fridays 12:30-1:30pm these classes increase physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and are a great way to have fun and lift the spirits –always with great music. While Government restrictions are in place these classes take place over the Zoom platform. For further Info & to Register Email: Mary Spain email@example.com or Phone: 086 041 8450
Skipping Programme for Schools
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown will be rolling out a Skipping Rope Programme to primary schools and TY students from mid October. Training will include long rope, double dutch and individual skipping rope training which is fun and great for physical literacy, stamina, coordination and focus. If your school is interested in this programme email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Going Get Rowing
Get Going Get Rowing is an initiative by Rowing Ireland under the Women in Sport Programme to develop and encourage young people in schools and beyond to try indoor rowing. We are currently rolling out the programme to 3 schools in the Ballyogan area. click here for more information or email email@example.com