Monday, April 6, 2020

Intl Day of Sport for Development & Peace : #BeActiveAtHome !

Be Active from Home/ COVID-19

Be Active at home

In the lead up to and on 6 April, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, UN are asking everyone "to be active, stay healthy and demonstrate solidarity during this period of physical and social distancing. This team spirit will help us all get through the current challenges together."

Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. But one may wonder: what does sport have to do with the United Nations? In fact, sport presents a natural partnership for the United Nations (UN) system.


Should we stop being physically active, nor should we disconnect from the coaches, teammates, instructors and fellow fans who not only help us to stay physically fit but also socially active. 

In response to global developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will focus on the health benefits of participating in sporting and physical activity, especially in this time of uncertainty and social distancing.

Taking some online exercise classes,
Playing active video games,
Jumping rope, and
Practising muscle strength and balance training.

Be Active at home

The World Health Organization The World Health Organizationrecommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. WHO also have some tips on how to achieve this with no equipment and with limited space. There is an abundance of free and accessible online and digital tools targeted at encouraging people of all ages and abilities to stay active and mobile while remaining at home.

  • Theme 2020: 
Be ActiveAtHome/ COVID19

Be active at home during #COVID19 outbreak

Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help us remain calm and continue to protect our health during this time.

Be active at home during #COVID19 outbreak

Tips to be active at home:

Some tips on how to stay active and reduce sedentary behaviour while at home in self-quarantine:

Take short active breaks during the day. 

Short bouts of physical activity add up to the weekly recommendations. You may use the suggested exercises below as inspiration to be active every day. Dancing, playing with children, and performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are other means to stay active at home. 

Follow an online exercise class. Take advantage of the wealth of online exercise classes. Many of these are free and can be found on YouTube. If you have no experience performing these exercises, be cautious and aware of your own limitations. 

Walk. Even in small spaces, walking around or walking on the spot, can help you remain active. If you have a call, stand or walk around your home while you speak, instead of sitting down. If you decide to go outside to walk or exercise, be sure to maintain at least a 1-meter distance from other people. 

Stand up. Reduce your sedentary time by standing up whenever possible. Ideally, aim to interrupt sitting and reclining time every 30 minutes. Consider setting up a standing desk by using a high table or stacking a pile of books or other materials, to continue working while standing. During sedentary leisure time prioritize cognitively stimulating activities, such as reading, board games, and puzzles. 

Relax. Meditation and deep breaths can help you remain calm. A few examples of relaxation techniques are available below for inspiration.

Be active at home during #COVID19 outbreak
Sport is no longer a luxury within any society but is rather an important investment in the present and future, particularly in the fight against COVID-19, today and everyday.

Sport is a pillar of a healthy society, at ease with itself, united in its diversity, based on human rights and equal dignity. It provides a field for passions to be shared, for communities to come together, everyone at home but together via Internet.

Education: values

Education in the 21st century increasingly recognizes the role of values and social skills in tackling global challenges, such as inactivity, obesity, unemployment, and sickness.

Dynamic forms of values-based education using sport must be include in schooling home supporting teachers deliver curricula online actively and cooperatively.

UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to encourage people to be #HealthyAtHome as the world comes together in the fight against COVID-19, today and every day.

For the International Day of Sport this year, let’s #BeActive and healthy to beat #COVID19.


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