- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Dublin Guide (PDF)
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.
►See Lifestyle in Dublin for an overview of the city's shopping and nightlife
Are you an expat living in Dublin?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Dublin. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Expat Health Insurance
If you’re thinking about taking out private health insurance, our trusted partner Cigna Global is very aware of all the difficulties that expats can face when it comes to healthcare in a new location, so they have created a range of international health insurance plans specifically designed for expats, which you can tailor exactly to the needs and ensure access to quality care for you and your family.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.