The last year has offered up many different challenges and we all have made huge sacrifices to adapt to our new world.
There has been some positives that have come from all this uncertainty. One story springs to mind, Ruby Morrow from Glenageary who after taking part in our Couch to 2k, then 5k and finally 10k, jogged a 10k on her 71st Birthday! Ruby admitted, ‘she was never sporty but said she’d give it a go!’. It was through her children that she got involved in sport in the community on a voluntary basis and has given up her time ever since. As a volunteer she began to see the physical, mental and social benefits of activity on her children and other club members.
At 71, Ruby felt it was time to do something about her fitness. She said it was the phased build up and relaxed approach to each programme that made it possible to ‘do a bit more’ and before she realised she was ready for a 10k! She also found the engagement in the WhatsApp Groups to be a great source of motivation and encouragement during the programmes. Congratulations to Ruby and thanks for inspiring us all!
Further positives to come to the light particularly around activity. Sport Ireland found that levels of sporting activity increased significantly during the period of Covid 19 restrictions to an unprecedented high of 51%. Even more promising was that 79% of adults said that doing physical activity is now part of their weekly routine.
Covid 19 affects our vulnerable the most and has brought to the forefront what the majority of us already knew, that our physical and mental wellbeing is paramount. That the more active we are, the more likely we are to be healthier, happier and better equipped to deal with what life throws at us.
Many people have spent the last year realizing that life doesn’t have to be full throttle. That through restructuring and creating more effectual working environments, that we can create equal if not higher productivity, thereafter leaving more time for social and physical wellbeing.
In Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, we are delighted to report that our parks are busier than ever with walkers, runners and families. There are more people using our cycling paths and mountain trails. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have seen more than 3000 people participate in their online programmes, such as Couch to 2k/ 3k / 5k, Men on the Move Programmes, Yoga, Zumba and Strengthening classes in the past year. Shane Mc Ardle, Coordinator, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership said ‘we can share a positive side which has risen to the surface over the last year. Our aim, in a nut shell, is to get people of all ages and abilities more active. Especially targeting hard to reach groups- older adults, people with disabilities, areas of disadvantage. People have adapted to a more online approach as a new way to remain active and engaged. The majority of our programmes are online at the moment and we are finally reaching people that have been difficult to reach in the past and we are helping them get active. This is huge for us’