European Week Of Sport is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.
There are so many different ways to get active this week, and it you don’t even have to leave the house.
Take some time to play with your children, or maybe head up and down the stairs for a few minutes to get the heartrate pumping.
The dog won’t mind an extra walk for twenty minutes either, and maybe even taking a few minutes to get outside on your lunch break could be good for your mind, and body.
Don’t forget that you are going to benefit from anything you can do this week to lead a healthy and physically active lifestyle so ‘Join The Movement’ today!
Below you will find a list of some of the events taking place across Co. Westmeath for European Week Of Sport including a special cycle on September 29 in Streamstown for older adults.
Saturday Sept 24
Get involved at your own pace at the weekly parkruns in Athlone. The free weekly timed 5K runs are open to all abilities and get underway at 9:30 every Saturday morning. The start line is behind the sports arena on the TUS college campus. Remember you can run, walk, jog and it’s all in a friendly environment.
Mullingar also hosts a parkrun on a Saturday morning at 9.30am and it starts at the Old Trail Car Park, Newbrook Bridge, Mullingar. Park Runs are totally free but you are encouraged to register in advance to get a barcode so you can record your time.
Sunday Sept 25
Junior parkrun, Mullingar
Thanks to the success of its adult version, a new ‘Junior parkrun’ kicked off earlier this year in Mullingar. It’s a free, weekly, timed 2k parkrun for 4 to 14 year old’s and it starts every Sunday at 9:30am.
Get Athlone Walking
This new group is already proving a great success in Athlone. The group meets at Athlone Castle every Sunday at 10.45am for a stroll until around 1pm and this Sunday, September 24, is National Walking Day!
Find out more here.
Monday Sept 26
Exercise And Nutrition Classes For Women, Kinnegad
Our Easy Keep Fit exercise programmes targeting issues that arise for women during the menopause and peri menopause transition continue in Kinnegad this week.
Lads and Dads Kayaking, Athlone
Our class introducing men to kayaking and paddle skills continue at Coosan Point. The aim is for participants to be introduced to a new water-based activity in the beautiful outdoors.
Activator Poles, Mullingar
Our latest classes in the use of Activator Poles starts on Monday September 25 in Mullingar.
Using activator poles can help improve or just maintain your general fitness, and develop your overall mobility, strength and balance.
The poles are suited for all levels and abilities and all classes are provided by a trained tutor.
Tuesday Sept 27
Lads and Dads Kayaking, Mullingar
Our second group of Lads and Dads will be taking to the water again at Lough Owel as part of their ongoing kayaking programme.
Friday Sept 29
Age and Opportunity Cycle on Greenway, Streamstown
This easy going cycle is the perfect way to explore the beauty of the Old Rail Trail Greenway with an experienced leader.
Starting at 10am at the Streamstown Greenway Access Point, the group will be covering a flat 20km at an easy going pace. They will also be stopping for free refreshments in Jack’s Stop along the way.
The cycle is open to all adults aged 50+ and all abilities for what will be a fantastic, social morning on your bike!
You just need to register for a community bike ride first, and then sign up for the event.
You can find more details here