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Time to get back into your fitness routine

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness  

School's starting again ..... so that means getting back into your "normal" routine!

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That's the tough part about the summer holidays, letting go of all the relaxed boundaries, schedules, and routines. There's no rhyme or reason to why anything does or doesn't get done. You fly by the seat of your pants day to day because your schedule just doesn't exist, and you're at the liberty of the kids.

But, this time of year - the new school year - sure brings a lot of comfort with it. The kids will go back to school and you've finally got that time to yourself again. You go back to eating meals at regular times and intervals. You'll fall back into a set sleep schedule - and most of all, you can put your fitness routine back into place. It sure sounds like a delight, doesn't it?

Now is the time to start gently easing into those routines so that when September rolls round you’re only a step or two away!

Here's some tips to get back into routine quickly:

Map out what helped you be successful before. Do things like laying your workout clothes out the night before, packing your lunch the day before, and getting yourself taken care of before the kids - the night before.

Meal prep for the week. You don't need 15 fancy, individual packed containers (although this helps!), but batch cooking the staples will help ease yourself back into the necessity of things.

Keep things super simple - cook one to two proteins to have on hand, cut up veggies so they're easy to grab, and have some starchy carbs of some sort ready to grab too. The easier you make this for yourself, the quicker you can get back to a balanced and sustainable diet.

Block off your workout times. The kids are not going to be crazy busy with activities just yet, so don't leave your fitness to "when you can fit it in". Just like their activities are prioritised, you need to prioritise your own and still look after yourself. You spent all summer being at liberty to their flexible summer schedule, that hour is for yourself now during the week. Book it in for the month, ahead of time!

These tips aren't anything complicated, but that's the point. Stick to the basics. Repeat the basics over and over again and your success will follow.

If you need help mapping it out and finding the easy spots to win, send us an email at hello@activate.ie or pop into the Facebook group (Fitness, Nutrition & Health in Killarney) we have set up to help the people of Killarney and further afield to help with their health and fitness. We’re more than happy to help where we can!

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on MyHome.ie in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 killarney@dng.ie for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]

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A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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