Sport and fitness in Dublin

 

dumbell weight for fitness in dublinInitially, expats may find it difficult to stay fit in Dublin; after all, it’s much easier to keep afloat in frothy Guinness or fattening full Irish breakfasts. However, once settled in and over the euphoria commonly attached to arrival in a new destination, expats will find that there are opportunities for fitness in Dublin around just about every corner, both indoors and out.

Outdoor sports in Dublin


Given Dublin’s tendency toward grey weather, if the time and opportunity come about to take advantage of outdoor sports, it is highly recommended to do so.

The west coast has some of the best surfing in Europe in Donegal and Clare, as well as plenty of rivers for adventurous kayakers.

Hikers should try the Wicklow Mountains near Dublin: perfect for day-long hikes that aren't back-breakingly strenuous.

The long sweep of Dollymount Strand in Dublin is home to kite-surfers and dog-walkers in equal numbers, and there is well-developed cycling infrastructure to be found all over the city.

Gym memberships in Dublin


The cost of gym membership has dropped dramatically in the last year. Joining fees have almost disappeared with some large centres only charging only a fraction of what they once.

Larger gyms still ask for 12-month contracts, but smaller places tend to be more open to six-month, or even three-month, contracts.

There are even one or two pay-as-you-go gyms in the city centre.

The usual classes like spinning and body combat mix in with pilates and yoga in most places, and indoor swimming pools are a must for enthusiastic swimmers who prefer not to brave the Irish climate!

Team sports in Dublin


Choosing a team sport to participate in is a difficult choice in Dublin. Both tag rugby and touch rugby are growing in popularity around the country, while football fanatics could join in with Gaelic football..

Soccer, hockey, volleyball and basketball are all present as well. The best place to get information on indoor sports is at a local Parish Hall or Community Centre.

Yoga and pilates in Dublin


Irish people don’t really do mornings when it comes to yoga or pilates. That being said, lunchtime classes and evening sessions have become a hip alternative activity in the city. The best lunch-break is Summer Yoga in the park right in St Stephen’s Green.

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