October can be one of the most challenging months of the year for people. The sudden plunge into darkness coupled with reacclimatising to the cold can make it just a little miserable.
Isolation and lack of exercise can contribute to poor mental health so with that in mind we are launching our new #vetsgetphysical campaign for the month of October.
The aim? Connect safely with our colleagues and friends, have fun with a simple challenge, get exercise in the process and raise some money for a well deserving cause.
For the month of October, we have set ourselves a challenge of walking 31km, that is 1 a day or 2 every second day or however you want to break it down. We believe it is achievable for everyone of all fitness levels.
Connect & Exercise
Over the month we have planned two group walks in a bid to keep connected. The pandemic has caused a lot of isolation for people and the winter can be an isolating time as we all prepare for hibernation. So, the aim of our group walks is to create social interaction while maintaining a safe physical distance.
Who can take part?
#vetsgetphysical is open to all and anyone that would like to exercise, engage, and connect during the bleak winter months. The two group walks will take place in Cork, but we are incredibly lucky to have a number of Vets get Physical Ambassadors throughout the country who will also be taking part and creating the community in their location.
Hazell Mullins – Cork
Hazell loves being active, but she doesn’t always find the time especially in the busier spring period. It is a fantastic way for her to unwind after work and de-stress. She used to go to the gym and loved strength and conditioning classes but sadly since COVID19 she feels outdoor exercising is safer. Now walking her greyhounds and going hiking are her new form of exercise along with the odd bit of polo.
Michelle Maguire – Cork & Tipperary
Michelle has struggled with her mental health. Having recently come off her anti-anxiety medication, Michelle is looking forward to getting active again. She adores ocean views and sea side walks are her favourite.
Country Wide Ambassadors information coming soon.
Sunday 18th October 2020
Blackrock Market Walk, Cork
Depart 9.30am sharp. Walk from Rochestown to Blackrock market. Stop for tea and physically distanced chats and return walk to Rochestown Finish at 11am.
Sunday 1st November 2020
Gougane Barra Woods, Ballygeary, Cork
Depart 9.30am sharp. Walk Gougane Barra wood trail. Stop for tea and physically distance chats after at Gronin’s Café.
How to get involved?
You can take part in the #vetsgetphysical 31k for the month of October by donating here Share your progress to your social media with the hashtag #vetsgetphysical and tag @vetspaceireland. We will keep track of everyone that gets involved by tagging us and everyone who takes part will be entered into a competition to win a Vet Space Ireland coffee & cows hamper at the end.
To participate in the group walks simply email your name and number including the walk you want to join to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will then be added to the #vetsgetphysical WhatsApp hike group. This group will keep you updated on our future planned hikes too and also provide COVID19 safety protocols and contact tracing for each group walk.