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Exercise and Health Promotion


UCD run an 8 week ACE (Active Campus Europe) programme which is open to all students and may be a easy way to get started. Please click here for more information. 


Please also check out Healthy UCD. It is a great resource for all things healthy and details of what health events and activities are happening around UCD campus. 


Exercise can boost your mental and physical health, improve your academic performance and overall contribute to a happier more fulfilled life. Oftentimes, we make excuses about why we cannot exercise but take a few minutes to consider the benefits of exercise and plan how you can build it into your life.

I don't have time to exercise! You don’t need to spend large amount of time exercising to gain benefits. You can build it into your normal daily routine e.g walking at lunchtime, cycling or walking to college, taking brief exercise breaks while studying.

How Much Exercise? The amount of exercise required is about 25 to 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 4 to 5 times a week. Moderate intensity exercise requires that you push yourself to a point where you feel you have to breathe harder, but that you would be able to talk to a person if they were beside you.  

Exercise does not have to be the gym, it can be a dance class, swimming, hill walking, cycling or any combination that suits you. There are plenty of choices in UCD to try and a beautiful campus to walk in.

For more information check out the ucd website


Recognised Physical and Psychological benefits that result from taking regular exercise:

  • Boosts energy levels

  • Feel and look better

  • Improves ability to fall asleep and sleep well

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure

  • It is very effective in helping weight management (in combination with a healthy balanced diet]

  • Being active and feeling strong will help you feel more self-confident and sure of yourself.

  • Promotes mental well being, improves mood  and reduces anxiety

  • Improve focus and performance in your college work. You feel mentally sharper and have a better student-life balance. 


According to Dr Mike Evans, small changes and 30 minutes a day can have a massive improvement on your health.

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