A Spring In Your Step!!

As we enter February, the country will continue in strict lockdown for the duration of the month, our monthly virtual challenge will help to spice up your regular walks as the first signs of Spring start to become evident!!

Step Into Spring with a Spring In Your Step!!

Our monthly challenge involves picking one of your regular walks and racing yourself against the clock once a week!!

HOW TO DO IT

  1. Pick your route
  2. Record the walk on Strava
  3. Title the walk, i.e Spring In Your Step Week 1
  4. The following week, the exact same walk, title the walk Spring In Your Step Week 2 (and so on for week 3 and 4)

A few tips to help improve your walking fitness (and times) and hopefully by week 4 you will have chopped off some time and avoid getting fed up of your regular walk:

  • pick up the speed of your walk for short bursts
  • build up your leg muscles with basic leg exercises, e.g. squats, lunges, heel raises, calf stretches etc
  • your heel should hit the ground first, then push off with the toes
  • review your posture, ideally upright body looking 20 feet ahead arms working opposite to your legs

With the restrictions in place, getting some exercise is more vital than ever, great to see so many out walking every day, now is a great time to improve your walking fitness to get the most out of your walk!!

Please keep in mind the current restrictions which allow residents from two households to meet outside for exercise within 5km of their home.

For all those who complete our February challenge we will have a draw so you can WIN some Siul Eile goodies!!

What you need to do is:

If you haven’t walked with Siul Eile before, register for free at https://www.siuleile.com/register

Download the Strava App and use this to record your walking activities. The app is very simple to use. Press record when you start walking and stop at the end. Then press finish to confirm you are finished and save.  You also have the option of adding some photos of your trek before you save it, we saw a fabulous variety of photos throughout May with hidden gems, wildlife, nature and panoramic views.

Once you have downloaded the app, join our club Siul Eile Strava Club

To find the club you might have to search via the explore button at the bottom of your page. If you can’t find Siul Eile immediately search in  the clubs section: Select Siul Eile for club name, Tipperary for Location, in the next tab select Other and finally Club Type select All. Any activity you then do will be attributed to the Siul Eile Strava club.  Every km counts so please record all walks.

Make your account private.

In your profile settings, go to the privacy controls. Here you can set your profile page, activities etc to be visible only to the people who follow you.

Please select for the following:

Profile Page                Followers

Activities                     Everyone

Group Activities         Followers

Flybys                         No one

Privacy Zones          Select add (+), enter your address, size of radius and save

Metro  Heatmap       Your choice

By selecting the above, people you do not know cannot follow you and see your activities. They must request permission to follow you. Privacy Zones allows you set up a 1km privacy zone around your house. That means the people who you have allowed to follow you, will not see where your activity has started or finished (They will not know where you live!). This can be an important function for most.

Remember , the sole purpose of this event is to encourage us all to be more physically active.

When exercising please remember to adhere to all the latest guidelines from the HSE when exercising outdoors.

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