Episode 1

Episode 1

On this show Dr Diane Cooper speaks to:

  • Tadhg MacIntyre, Associate Professor of environmental psychology at Maynooth University speaks about the benefits of being active in green and blue spaces, and about the GoGreen Routes Project.


  • Nora Stapleton, women in sport lead with Sport Ireland discusses the fantastic #HerOutdoors initiative driven by Sport Ireland encouraging women to get out in to the outdoors and try a new physical activity or sport in this space.


  • Denise Coghill, Community Sports Development Officer with Offaly Sports Partnership speaks about the numerous kayaking sessions being offered to women in Offaly to try as part of HerOutdoors week. Denise also speaks about her PE background, changes she has noticed in childrens fundamental movement skills post COVID-19, and how engagement in physical activity and sport post COVID is helping to improve these. 


Diane’s health tips:

If you are new to trail walking, these 5 tips will help you get started.

1. Start with an easy (flat, slow walking) and short distance walk on a marked route.

2. Buddy up with a friend. It’s safer and much more enjoyable.

3. Be prepared for the weather! Look up the weather in advance and bring appropriate gear e.g. sun cream, peaked hat (for sun or rain), waterproof clothing, spare warm layers (hat, gloves)

4. Bring water and snacks.

5. Try it! You won’t know until you try. But, be safe. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to finish. Pack your phone in case you need it.

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