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06th Aug 2019

10 Ways To Get Active In Dublin Before The End Of The Summer

Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

Getting your 30-minutes a day doesn’t have to be a chore.

In fact, getting active can be the best part of your day if you find something that matches your interests, lifestyle and goals. You’ll be only counting down the minutes until you swing off your chair and head out to try something new in the evenings after work.

There are so many cool events, classes and areas where you can exercise and get active in Dublin, you’d be mad not to give them a go, especially when the weather is like this.

We’re teaming up with NEW Ballygowan Activ + to bring you a list of 10 amazing things to try out in Dublin this summer.

Ballygowan Activ+ is the Fitness Drink for your active lifestyle.  It is a new drink that sits in a category all of its own because the way people stay active is changing. It’s not water. And it’s not a sports drink. It’s the fitness drink … for your active lifestyle. And better yet it has Zero sugar and only 25 calories per bottle.

If you need a kick, this is sure to keep your energy and focus at optimal levels throughout the day, enabling you to achieve your personal goals, whatever they may be!

There are added multi vitamins (B3, B6 & B7), minerals (magnesium, zinc, potassium and sodium) and electrolyte, zero sugar and it’s low calorie so make sure to grab a bottle before heading to one of these heart-racing activities:

1. Bushy Parkrun

Nothing starts the weekend off better than a park run.

Every Saturday at 9:30am there’s a 5km park run and all levels and ages are welcome. The event is free but you do have to register before your first run.

There is also a wide range of other locations including:

Tymon (2.1km), Marlay (3km), Brickfields (3.8km), Poolbeg(7.1km), Corkagh (7.8km), Waterstown (8.3km), Fairview(8.5km), Tolka Valley (8.8km), Cabinteely (10.1km) and Porterstown(10.6km).

2. Pound Fitness

This “cardio jam session” is inspired by the energising and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums.

The sticks used are known as Ripstix and they are lightly weighted to help you burn calories and tone up while rocking out to your favourite tunes. The perfect workout for any music-lover.

Actually, it doesn’t even sound like a workout, that just sounds like good craic.

3. SUPing With Big Style

SUPing, short for stand-up paddleboarding is a great way of getting active on the water.

You can SUP with water-sports company Big Style down the Liffey, by The Docklands, around Dalkey Island, on the canal – anywhere there’s water really. One of the most popular spots to do it, however, is Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

To book SUPing, or any other water sports in Dublin click here.

Lessons cost €35.00 and SUP Rentals are €20.

That sea water may leave you feeling dehydrated so don’t forget to bring along your fitness drink, Ballygowan Activ+ !

4. Bikram Morning Yoga Classes

Take time to give your body a good stretch and work on your breathing. Yoga is a great way to work out and it has many benefits, both physical and mental.

Bikram gives you that extra push to perfect your stretch. Get those muscles nice a warm and push a little harder.

Morning classes in the Harold’s Cross studio commence at 6:30 am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – the perfect pre-working day activity.

There are also afternoon and evening classes throughout the week.

5. Movement In Herbert Park

If you want to tone up you need to do some resistance training, that could be bodyweight or with weights like kettlebells or dumbbells.

HIIT is a great way to burn calories. Most of their clients want to shed some extra body fat and build muscle. It’s a group class which encourages you to work as a team and push harder than you have been before. This will help you to achieve results.

Classes are also outside and run daily.

If you really want to sculpt that bod, Ballygowan Activ+ has zero sugar, low calories and low carbs.

6. BOXilates

Project Revive in Ranelagh hosts BOXilates classes that are sure to make you sweat.

BOXilates combines to great workouts – boxing and pilates!

This class gives you a kickass cardio workout using weighted gloves, complimented with Pilates exercises.
You’ll start noticing stronger, longer, and leaner muscles, improved flexibility, better muscle control, and better coordination. Boxing provides you with stronger and more powerful arms, shoulders, and back, and the mental empowerment that comes with knowing how physically strong you are.

Designed to strengthen core, glutes, arms and legs, this fun class adds a whole new meaning to air-punch!

7. Do The Howth Cliff Walk Before Sunday Brunch

Sunday is brunch day but why not head out and fill those lungs with some salty air before you tuck in?

Immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses, the Howth clifftop walk speaks volumes.

The Howth Head peninsula boasts insane views of Lambay and Ireland’s Eye. And, if you’re feeling particularly fragile, you can follow the cliff path which spans a mere 3km.

Keep an eye out for The Baily Lighthouse – the last of Ireland’s lighthouses to become automated.

8. Altipeak Bike Class

These hypoxic exercise sessions are unique in how they accelerate performance and burn extra calories.

Altipeak is an altitude studio that members of our team swear by.

Altitude training is growing in popularity from elite athletes to ordinary fitness enthusiasts. Some claim it improves your skin tone and helps you feel younger as well as being one of the most rewarding workouts.

The classes include spinning bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, air-dyne bikes and ski-erg machines.

There is a studio on the Long Mile Road as well as one in Castleknock. You’ll definitely need some Ballygowan Activ + by your side for this one!

9. Hike Tibradden With Hazel House

On the last Saturday of every month, the stunning Hazel House Café in the Dublin mountains embarks on a brisk mountain walk in Tibradden followed by a delicious lunch.
You will meet in The Hazel House at 10 am and the walk will be approximately two hours, followed by lunch in the eatery. Tickets cost €15 and are is payable on the day.
Bring along the fitness drink Ballygown Activ+ to keep you going throughout the hike!
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10. Have An Outdoorsy Date At Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is one of the best places in the city for a bike ride and a date. The park is huge and there’s a lot to see.

A tandem bike makes the experience that little more special as you have to work together. It’s actually harder than it looks and it’s great bants.

Finish off your unique workout with a healthy picnic and some bottles of Ballygowan Activ + -IDEAL!