On Wednesday 23rd September Community Games, HSE and Athlone IT are teaming up to cycle a combined distance of 615km on exercise bikes: the equivalent distance of cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head.
The event takes place in AIT’s New Sports Centre and each relay team has 6 members who are cycling for 30 minutes each.
The Cycle Relay is taking place as part of MOVE week. MOVE week is an initiative of the International Sporting and Cultural Association (ISCA), of which the Community Games is a member. ISCA is a global organisation whose philosophy is that sport is not just about competition and exercise but more about being physically active, having fun and making friends.
Speaking of the event, Dr.Cate Hartigan, Head of Health Promotion and Improvement at the HSE said:
"It's fantastic to see our colleagues from the Athlone Primary Care Centre working together with HSE Community Games and Athlone Institute of Technology to raise awareness of MOVE Week, taking place from September 21st to 28th 2015.
“I have to commend these very determined and dedicated cyclists as this spin challenge is the equivalent of cycling 615Km from Malin Head, Co Donegal - the most northerly point of Ireland - to Mizen Head, Co Cork - the most southerly point of Ireland. With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has become the biggest annual week in Europe promoting the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity.”
During MOVE Week, hundreds of events take place simultaneously across Europe in a week-long festival of sport and physical activity. They can include open door or “try-it” events at local clubs, walking events, fun runs, bike tours, street sport events, school sports events, company activities, activities organised for hard-to-reach groups – the possibilities are only limited to your imagination! The size of the event can also vary – from small events organised by local groups, to bigger community event. MOVE Week is about having fun and finding your MOVE. As long as the event gets people active then it is eligible to be part of MOVE Week.
Some tips for being active during the week include:
• If you work at a desk for long periods, set an alarm on your phone every 30 minutes to remind you to stand up from your desk and move
• Do some desk exercises: shoulder rolls, arm raises, leg squats and stretches
• Take the stairs at work instead of the lift
• Go for a short walk on your lunch break
• Have a standing meeting instead of a seated meeting
• At the weekend join in with your local free 5km parkrun event www.parkrun.ie and encourage your colleagues/friends to participate.
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