Schools Fitness Challenge brought to you by Irish Life Health
The 2016 Schools Fitness Challenge aims to help secondary schools students adopt a healthier lifestyle. There are three phases to the Schools’ Fitness Challenge:
1): The initial fitness test to measure current fitness levels
2): A six week training programme to improve cardiovascular fitness
3): A repeat test to measure new fitness levels
Research shows that 15-16 year olds already show signs of heart disease due to poor fitness*.
Research has found that boys with low levels of fitness had significantly more plaque in the walls of the arteries supplying the brain than very fit boys**.
Change is good
The Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge aims to highlight the importance of cardiovascular fitness and establish the habit of being regularly active from an early age.
** Irish Heart Foundation. Facts on Heart Disease and Stroke. Available at: http://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/facts-heart-disease-stroke-t-7_18.html
Save the date
Some dates for your diary
Registration: September 19th – September 30th
Initial bleep test submission: October 14th
Begin challenge: October 14th
End challenge: December 2nd
Final bleep test submission: December 16th