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Maintaining momentum: Laois’ guide to keeping to your 2024 goals

Did you know that researchers have pinpointed January 19th as the day when people are most likely to give up their New Year’s resolutions? Here are some brilliant ways to keep up the momentum this year and make some positive changes!


If you’re losing steam with yoga videos on YouTube, Laois has a wealth of invigorating in-person yoga experiences to nurture both the mind and body. One of our top picks is the Health Club at the Heritage Hotel, which will be hosting a yoga series with international yogi Pasha Hogan throughout February. The team is very welcoming and encourages people at all points in their yoga journey to pop in for a class. Namaste!

If yoga isn’t your thing, consider relaxing with a beauty treatment at Soul Blossom Holistics Healing. From reflexology to stress-relieving massages, there are so many options to feel zen this year!


Setting aside a few minutes each day to be present is one of the best resolutions to cultivate in 2024. For those new to mindfulness practice, the Mindfulness and Wellbeing Course at the Portlaoise Family Resource Centre is the perfect introduction.

The programme encourages a gentle exploration into growing awareness and introduces a variety of mindfulness practices and useful techniques to support a balanced 2024.

Staying Active

Exercising in 2024 doesn’t have to mean monotonous hours on the treadmill! There are tonnes of fun and exciting ways to get the blood pumping. One of the more unique adventures the county hosts is a kayaking experience down the River Barrow. Midland Escape offers kayaks for both children and adults, along with all the necessary equipment and safety gear. It’s a wonderful way to experience the outdoors – and Laois – from a different perspective. Highly recommended!

Laois is also renowned for its cycle trails. With Barrow Way Bike Hire, one can explore the beautiful hidden gems of Laois at a leisurely pace on quality hybrid, mountain, and electric bikes. A perfect way to stay active and acquaint yourself with the wonderful scenery of Laois.

Looking to get in the steps? Laois also offers a variety of walking and hiking trails for all fitness levels. Check out our blog featuring some of the best walks in the county.

Eating Well

Trying to eat a little better and include more fresh produce is an excellent goal for 2024. To help achieve this, Laois has no shortage of amazing farmers markets packed with diverse produce that changes seasonally. A must-visit is the Laois Farmers Market – it’s held every Friday in Portlaoise and includes locally sourced delicacies, including fish, vegetables, and cheese.

For those seeking a more hands-on approach, the Abbeyleix Community Garden presents an enriching initiative to be part of this year. This garden, created for and by the community, serves as a space where members unite to cultivate their own fruits and vegetables.

Laois is a county that offers a wealth of opportunities for those seeking to maintain their New Year’s resolutions. From outdoor activities to mindfulness practices and healthy eating options, there’s something for everyone. To discover more about what Laois has to offer, visit the Laois Tourism and start planning your next adventure.