Initially, expats may find it difficult to stay fit in Dublin with the temptation to overindulge in frothy Guinness or fattening full Irish breakfasts. However, once settled in and over the euphoria commonly attached to arrival in a new destination, expats will find that there are opportunities for fitness in Dublin around just about every corner, both indoors and out. 

Outdoor sports in Dublin

Given Dublin’s tendency toward grey weather, if the time and opportunity come about to take advantage of outdoor sports, it is highly recommended that expats do so. The west coast has some of the best surfing in Europe in Donegal and Clare, as well as plenty of rivers for adventurous kayakers.

Hikers should try the Wicklow Mountains near Dublin. This area is perfect for day-long hikes that aren't overly strenuous. The long sweep of Dollymount Strand in Dublin is home to kite surfers and dog walkers in equal numbers, and there is well-developed cycling infrastructure to be found all over the city. 

Gym memberships in Dublin

The cost of gym membership has dropped dramatically in recent years. Joining fees have almost disappeared with some large centres only charging only a fraction of what they once did.

Larger gyms still ask for 12-month contracts, but smaller places tend to be more open to six- or even three-month contracts.

There are even one or two pay-as-you-go gyms in the city centre. The usual classes like spinning and body combat mix in with pilates and yoga in most places, and indoor swimming pools are a must for enthusiastic swimmers who prefer not to brave the Irish climate. 

Team sports in Dublin

Deciding on a team sport to participate in is a difficult choice in Dublin. Both tag rugby and touch rugby are growing in popularity around the country, while football fanatics could join in with Gaelic football.

Soccer, hockey, volleyball and basketball are all present as well. The best place to get information on indoor sports is at a local parish hall or community centre.

Niamh Our Expat Expert

Niamh is a former expat now making a life back home in the leprechaun capital of the world: Dublin, Ireland. She's a writer and course developer with an addiction to Thai Boxing, rugby and the odd glass of wine. Oh, and she travels just a little too! Follow her blog, Irish Wanderings.

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