Olympian Ciara Mageean knows what it’s like to fight through hard times and get back on the horse when it comes to exercise. Unable to compete or even train properly for 2 years as she battled a serious injury, Ciara returned to competitive athletics and went on to secure a European Championship bronze medal in 2016. She has since gone on to secure a European Indoor Championship medal and also became the first Irish woman to qualify for a World Championships Final since Sonia O’Sullivan in 1997 when qualifying for the 2019 final in Doha. A qualified physiotherapist, she is passionate about movement and its benefits for all women regardless of age or ability.
What advice would you give to any woman who feels it’s too late to start, or return to, a physical activity routine and make it part of their lives?
As a qualified physio I can tell you this, it is never too late to start exercising. Being physically active reduces your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%. For us women, it’s key that we look after our bone health as we age and go through menopause. Exercise plays a key role in this along with other factors like our diet.
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