Walk it off

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Cover Story -

Ir­ish Life Health has launched a se­ries of Ur­ban Hike Maps to show work­ers in Dublin, Cork, and Gal­way how they can make use of city cen­tre lo­ca­tions for en­joy­able ex­er­cise. These maps are down­load­able on irish­life­health.ie/movey­ourmet/re­source-cen­tre. Mark O’Reilly, a per­sonal trainer and MD of Fitvi­sion, hopes these maps make it eas­ier for peo­ple to in­cor­po­rate ex­tra phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity into their daily rou­tines. “The trend now is away from peo­ple be­ing like sar­dines in a gym,” he says. “It’s all about get­ting out at lunchtime for a walk or go­ing for a run be­fore or af­ter work. We are so lucky to have these fa­cil­i­ties right on our doorstep. We’re based in Balls­bridge and there’s an Ur­ban Hike route out there. Else­where in Dublin, there’s the cy­cle path from Clon­tarf out to Howth.” O’Reilly would like to help ev­ery­one to un­der­stand that it’s eas­ier than they think to im­prove their fit­ness. “All you have to do is a lit­tle but to do it of­ten and it adds up. “Start by walk­ing that lit­tle bit more. Get off the bus one stop be­fore work and walk the rest of the way. Get up to talk about some­thing with a work col­league rather than send­ing them an email. You’ll soon no­tice a dif­fer­ence and the most in­ac­tive peo­ple will no­tice the big­gest dif­fer­ence in the short­est pe­riod of time.”

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