Youth Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH PE 4 ME) helps you to get active
Youth Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH PE 4 ME) is a physical activity programme – aimed at 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students to help them get more active, more often.
It gives students a voice by asking them what activities they would like to do and helps them learn the skills they need to take part. Y-PATH is not competitive and simply aims to make PE fun for everyone, not just the sporty kids.
"I found Y-PATH PE 4 ME really motivating, it doesn’t have a competitive side, it’s for everyone"
Student, St Angela’s College Cork
Why is physical activity important?
Regular physical activity increases self-confidence and self-esteem. It boosts your mood and makes you feel good.
Physical activity increases concentration which will help you when it comes to school work and homework. It is also known to improve sleep, ensuring you get a good sleep and feel less tired.
With physical activity, we learn essential skills that help us in everyday life. Without these skills, we may struggle with certain activities.
How much physical activity do I need?
Aim to get at least 60 minutes every day, but don’t worry you can quickly reach 60 minutes with six shorter 10-minute activities throughout the day.
Start off small and build up movement into your daily routine.
Activities should make you breathe a little faster as your heart beats faster too and body temperature increases. This is known as moderate to vigorous intensity.
How do I increase my physical activity?
Get out for walks or jogs with your friends even if it’s just for 15 minutes
Use local facilities like sports and leisure centres or local parks
Try walking trails throughout the country
Walk to the bus stop or train station or school
Take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift
Help your parents or guardians with housework (It counts as activity too!)
Walk or play with pets
Join a team or club if you’re interested in a particular activity