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New Year, New You: Healthy Things to Do in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

22nd January 2020

A brand-new year has begun, and that means turning over a new leaf when it comes to your health goals. Dublin offers a number of fantastic pursuits for people who are health-conscious and want to ease into 2020 in a wholesome way, whether it’s taking a seaweed bath or strolling through organic food markets. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Munch on healthy eats

First thing’s first: if you’re going to have a healthy day in Dublin, you’ll need plenty of fresh, nutritious food to keep you fuelled. Visitors to the capital are spoiled for choice; the city centre is brimming with delicious options. Try, for example, a hearty breakfast of avocado eggs on sourdough toast at the delectable Tang, where you’ll find a combination of local produce and Middle Eastern dishes.

For lunch, enjoy a succulent salad of yellow split pea and roasted tofu at Dublin favourite Blazing Salads. At dinnertime, vegetarians should head to Cornucopia on Wicklow Street for their tasty sweet potato korma with celeriac, chickpeas and green beans. Fancy cooking for yourself? Take a stroll around the SuperNatural organic food market for a wide range of colourful fruits and veggies.

A deer standing between two trees

Get some fresh air    

Dublin offers ample opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors and getting plenty of crisp, fresh air. Take a scenic bike ride through beautiful Phoenix Park, where you’ll see centuries-old trees and herds of graceful deer. Rent your bike from €6 per hour at Phoenix Park Bikes, found at the front gates. To cover a greater distance without breaking a sweat, Greenaer electric bike shop on Pearse Street provides the chance to explore Dublin on either on a guided tour or with a self-guided rental prices start at €25.

If hiking is more your cup of tea, you’ll find an excellent walk along the cliff tops at Howth Head, starting from the very pretty Howth Village, where you’ll get the opportunity to spot some very cheeky local seals at the harbour. Or why not take a nature walk through some of Dublin’s best walking trails? From birdwatching at Malahide Estuary to sweeping views on Killiney Hill, there’s something to suit all tastes in Dublin’s picturesque suburbs. For a budget-friendly, educational stroll closer to the centre, Dublin Discovery Trails is a series of free, self-guided walking trails that unlock the secrets of our fair city.

People jumping off rocks into the sea

Go for a dip

If you want to immerse yourself in nutrients and minerals straight from mother nature, you’ll find just the thing in the Cloud Nine Spa at The Dawson Hotel: a detoxifying seaweed bath. Sink into a luxurious hot tub filled with hand-cut seaweed from the unspoiled Atlantic coastline. This very Irish treatment is said to ease aches and pains, support skin renewal and help to remove toxins from the body. Not keen on spa treatments? You could always experience the real thing: explore The Forty Foot at Sandycove and take an invigorating dip in the sea! Locals will tell you there’s nothing quite like it to revive the senses.

Hands grating cheese

Learn something new

If you’re serious about being healthy and happy in 2020, take a class in something that’s guaranteed to enrich your life. Dublin offers a plethora of night classes and day courses in everything from sewing to swimming. Partake in a vegetarian cooking workshop at Cooks Academy, or how about a rock climbing class at the Gravity Climbing Centre? Whatever you pick, you’re sure to have a fantastic time and meet some like-minded folk.

Go alcohol-free

Giving up alcohol is probably one of the healthiest things you can do in 2020. But it doesn’t have to be boring! The Virgin Mary Bar on Capel Street is Ireland’s first no-alcohol bar, and a great place to head if you want to remove temptation completely. Savour their signature cocktail, the non-alcoholic Virgin Mary, made with hand-pressed tomato juice and rich in vitamins and antioxidants. If, on the other hand, you’re craving all the fun of clubbing without the alcohol, Clubbercise Dublin is a club-themed exercise class where you’ll get to practice your dance moves complete with disco lights, glow sticks and club hits new and old.

For more healthy things to do in Dublin this year, check out our See & Do listings.

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