Physical Activity

Being physically active is so important for our health and well-being with many benefits including lower risk of; early death, stroke, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

Adults ages 18-64 are recommended to do 30 minutes of moderate activity most days (about 150 minutes a week). Activities such as brisk walking, dancing, gardening, housework and other domestic chores can be defined as moderate activities. Vigorous activities include running, hill walking, fast swimming, fast cycling and competitive sports such as hurling, rugby, hockey and soccer. A mixture of moderate and vigorous activity is recommended.

With a 50 meter pool, lots of fitness classes and gym equipment, UCD Sport and Fitness has lots to offer if you want to get fit. Check out their website here

Over the last 2 years Healthy UCD along with UCD HR Culture and Engagement and other partners on campus have provided UCD staff and students with a number of free or heavily subsized physical activity programmes which included:

  • GCC Challenge 2016: 155 participants
  • Hell and Back 2017: 124 participants (staff & students)
  • Healthy UCD Structured Woodland Walks
  • Active Campus Europe (ACE) Programme: 80 + participants to date (students)
  • UCD Staff Tai Chi Club
  • Healthy UCD Step Challenge 1: 330 participants
  • Healthy UCD Step Challenge 2: 198 participants
  • Desk to 5km Challenge: 85 participants
  • Marchaton, in association with Smarter Travel
  • Run a Muck: 65 participants (students)
  • Healthy UCD Bootcamp: 107 participants
  • Darkness into light on UCD campus: over 900 participant with over €50,000 raised for Pieta House.
  • Healthy UCD Indoor Bootcamp: 108 participants.
  • Reboot your Commute,with the National Transport Authority
  • Yoga for staff: 30+ particiapants

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 The National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan was launched in January 2016 with the key target is to increase the number of people taking regular exercise by 1% a year over ten years – that’s around 50,000 people every year or half a million in total – by making exercise a normal part of everyday life and giving people more opportunities to be active.

UCD is linking with the National Activity Plan in several ways, encouraging participation by students, staff and our community through:

  • The promotion of using the coodland walks on UCD campus
  • Introduction of kilometre marking on sections of the woodland walk
  • Provision of high class sports grounds, sports facilities and swimming pool
  • Provision of a range of physical activities to suit all tastes, including dance, Marchathon, Tag rugby, etc.

Click here to check out the fitness options at UCD including pay as you go options