Monday 21 January 2019

'I'm getting back in the gym' - Dubs reveal their New Year's resolutions

Ailbhe Durkan is aiming for a better work-life balance
Ailbhe Durkan is aiming for a better work-life balance

Exercise and quitting bad habits are on the New Year's resolution checklist for Dubliners.

Caroline Kelly (40), from Christchurch, hasn't forgiven herself for skipping the gym for the past two months.

The keen footballer said: "I aim to get back in the gym four or five times a week."

Her brother, Patrick Kelly (52), said: "I'm off the drink now for two-and-a-half years. I have a 15-month-old son and he keeps me on my toes."


Ailbhe Durkan (26), from Donnybrook, wants to maintain a better work-life balance.

"It's like a stress-buster, and it gives you more energy in the long run," she said.

Fitness professional Kane Kearns, from Raw Gym on Richmond Street, had tips for people hoping to get fit.

"Don't miss any days you're supposed to train and don't worry initially too much about changing your whole diet. Just get training," he said. Trish Byrne (25), from Clontarf, has vowed to go travelling in 2017.

"I want to get a work visa, just for something different and to get away from Ireland," she told the Herald.

Ellen Hartnett (24), from Dublin 7, has decided she will eat well and go walking everyday.

"I'm originally from Kildare, so I'd do a lot of walking there. It clears the head and makes you feel good about yourself."

Pete James (29), from Dublin 2, said binning the cigarettes is his resolution.

"I want to give up social smoking. I'm doing it every three weeks after a few drinks, and you'd get through 20 cigarettes."

Dr Patrick Doorley, of anti-tobacco campaign group ASH Ireland, said: "The New Year is a good time to give up smoking. Other people will be quitting, so you will have more support."

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