International Day of Sport for Development and Peace During a Time of Social Distancing

Athlete doing crunches on a yoga mat inside.
Special Olympics athlete from Alaska working out while indoors.

In August 2013, the United Nations proclaimed 6 April to be the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. It is a global day to recognize “the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.” In light of the devastating coronavirus, the U.N. is urging everyone to continue to exercise with “150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both.” To stay fit, Special Olympics recommends athletes to exercise five days a week, eat five fruits and vegetables each day, and drink five bottles of water per day.

To help athletes stay fit and healthy during times of social distancing caused by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Special Olympics has resources that anyone can use indoors or outside close to their homes. Athletes from around the world have posted videos of themselves using these resources on social media as a way to encourage one another and stay connected.

The School of Strength is a series of workout videos hosted by WWE superstar Becky Lynch and six Special Olympics athletes geared to help increase fitness at any level. Athletes from Special Olympics Mississippi shared these photos while encouraging readers to learn more about School of Strength.

Fit 5 is an easy to follow plan to enhance physical activity, hydration, and nutrition, all important elements of fit and healthy lifestyles. Kiera Byland from Special Olympics Great Britain walks viewers through an entire workhout.

Special Olympics GB's Kiera Byland Fitness Friday ep 1

Check some more posts from Special Olympics athletes around the world who are determined to stay active by scrolling below or by following the hashtag #inclusivehealth.

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