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Getting healthy and active this summer

During the Sea Sessions festival we checked out some ways to work out the body and brain.

Written by John Buckley | View this authors Twitter page and posted in life

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Here our some tips for cheap ways to keep healthy and active this summer: 

  1. Walking - get a few mates or even pop the headphones on with a few tunes. Get the heart rate up and relax! Probably the cheapest form of exercise going. If you have any nice parks, hill or beaches near you, even better! 
  2. Running - there's some great apps out there, like Couch to 5k, to get started. Pair of runners is all your need and you're away. It's great for a healthy heart and clearing the head. There's loads of cool races on around Ireland this summer, to help with the motivation.  
  3. Swimming - we're on an island, so chances are that there's some water near you! It's a great all around exercise that's great for muscle tone. Make sure to check out our water safety article too. There's also something really refreshing about getting into the sea! 
  4. Surfing - you'll see from the video that we're sold on surfing. There's a great community in Ireland focused on fun and the craic! It's cheap enough to rent some gear and that feeling catching a wave is like no other. Defo one to check out this summer.

Getting active has lots of great benefits, it's equally important to get some good food into your system: 

  • Plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts and lean meat. Keep it as unprocessed as possible. 
  • Keep hydrated, get your water on. 
  • Plan out your meals, so you don't break the bank.

Excercise is great for both your mental health and physical health so why not give it a try for these benefits:

  • If you exercise regularly you have more energy to get through the day.
  • Regular exercise can also help if you have problems sleeping.
  • Regular exercise helps build healthy bones and muscles.
  • Regular exercise can increase self-esteem and confidence and help maintain a healthy weight.
  • Taking up a sport is an excellent way to meet new people and have a social life that isn't just based in the pub!
  • Overall health – staying fit helps lower the risk of getting a whole range of health problems such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, thrombosis, breast cancer and lots more.
  • Best of all, with regular exercise and healthy eating, you'll get to gloat about your healthy lifestyle when all your mates are complaining about being unfit!
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Published June 29th, 2014
Last updated February 28th, 2018
Tags fitness healthy living mental health
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