Time to sign up for Kil­lar­ney Val­ley AC’s ‘Fit for Life’ pro­gramme

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THINK­ING of mak­ing a new start in 2019? Per­haps you’ve al­ways wanted to get fit but don’t know how or where to make a start? If so, then a pos­i­tive start is closer than you think thanks to Kil­lar­ney Val­ley Ath­letic Club, which is invit­ing new adult mem­bers to avail of its ‘Fit for Life’ ini­tia­tive.

Kil­lar­ney Val­ley AC is a com­mu­nity ath­let­ics club for young and old, and the good news is that walk­ers, jog­gers and run­ners – no mat­ter what their abil­ity and level of fit­ness – are in­vited to come along on Jan­uary 23 to regis­ter. You will ben­e­fit from a care­fully de­signed plan suit­able to your ex­pec­ta­tions and level of fit­ness. A sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive was run three years ago and it proved a huge suc­cess; many of those tak­ing part con­tin­ued on with Kil­lar­ney Val­ley AC.

“This is a time in the year when peo­ple are think­ing about their health and what they’re go­ing to do for the year ahead. It’s a com­mu­nity-based ini­tia­tive to help peo­ple get fit. And whether they want to walk, run or jog, each pro­gramme is tai­lor made to suit,” said Jeremiah Grif­fin of Kil­lar­ney Val­ley AC.

It runs from Jan­uary 23, when each cat­e­gory will set off on its re­spec­tive route around Kil­lar­ney. More­over, it all builds to­wards Satur­day, April 27, when peo­ple can take part in the Kil­lar­ney parkrun 5k. There has never been a bet­ter time to get your­self off the couch and im­prove your men­tal and phys­i­cal health. The ob­jec­tive is one de­signed to get you mov­ing in a safe man­ner and to help you achieve a bet­ter level of fit­ness by ei­ther walk­ing or jog­ging. The re­ward is worth the ef­fort.

“When peo­ple talk about clubs they think of elitism. But you have got to in­volve ev­ery­body. The Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land has two poli­cies: par­tic­i­pa­tion of ev­ery­one, and the ‘Fit for Life’ route for adults and young peo­ple alike. Be­ing part of a club is some­thing that is val­ued,” Jeremiah added.

If you’re in­ter­ested in mak­ing a start, then head to St Bren­dan’s Col­lege Gym on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 27, at 7pm (reg­is­tra­tion is at 6:30pm). This in­cludes (AAI) mem­ber­ship in­clud­ing in­sur­ance and club t-shirt. Club mem­ber­ship is re­quired as a ‘Fit for Life’ mem­ber. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is also ad­vised, which takes place in the same venue on Mon­day, Jan­uary 13 and 20, at 7pm.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Kil­lar­ney Val­ley Ath­letic Club mem­bers (front) El­iz­a­beth and Brid Stack, Caitri­ona Shana­han (back) Ruth Courtney, Michael Mur­phy, Jean Courtney and Jerry Grif­fin launch­ing their Fit for Life 12-week pro­gramme at St Bren­dan’s Gym, Kil­lar­ney, on Mon­day.

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