Slimmers join 'Race at Your Place' challenge
SLIMMERS from all over Fingal gathered in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords recently to run for miles without actually getting anywhere.
Members of Slimming World groups from all across the county gathered in the Swords venue to take on the challenge to 'Race at Your Place' that allowed them choose a distance and cover it at their own pace on the treadmill.
It was all done in support of the Marie Keating Foundation and the event was designed to help people to live healthier lives and raise awareness of the links between being overweight and developing cancer.
The Fingal group's race was part of a national event running in all Slimming World groups across Ireland. Between July 22 and August 10, 2013 Slimming World challenged its groups to hold their own Race at Your Place.
The group's members could choose the distance they wanted to cover and everyone could get involved. Members could get sponsored to do as much or a little as they liked and could walk or run the distance.
The aim of Race at Your Place was to raise money for charity while raising awareness about the amazing benefits of getting active, including increasing energy levels, reducing stress, building self-esteem, improving health and helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Aoife Murphy, who runs the Lusk Slimming World group said her members jumped at the chance to try something new and raise money for the charity.
She said: 'Our Race at Your Place event was a great reason for all of us to get active and to do as much or as little as we could – it was all in a good cause.
'When you're overweight you can struggle with doing any exercise, so it can be daunting to take the first steps to becoming more active – but it's definitely worth it.
'The key is to start small and find something that you enjoy. There's no rule that says being active has to involve a gym or running shorts, it can be as simple as walking to collect the children from school or hitting the dance floor.'
She added: 'Lots of my members started to become more active by taking part in our Body Magic programme and discovered something they really love doing.
The Slimming World leader said: 'Every week at group as well as sharing recipes and tips, celebrating each other's success and helping everyone to prepare for the week ahead, we talk about activity and the different options available in our area and lots of the members do these activities together now.
'Taking part in Race at Your Place together was great fun and I'm delighted that we've been able to raise a fantastic amount for such a wonderful charity.'