International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. UNESCO says that sport is a powerful medium for social inclusion, gender equality and youth empowerment Indeed, the physical and mental benefits acquired in and through sport are invaluable to society.

Sport and Physical Activity During COVID-19

There is currently an urgent need for physical and social distancing to stop the spread of the disease. The closure of gyms, sport facilities and stadiums, public pools, dance studios, and playgrounds mean that many people are not able to actively participate in individual or group sporting or physical activities. But that does not mean that we should stop being physically active and healthy. The WHO recommends 150 minutes if moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity exercise per week. There are various ways to achieve this with no equipment and limited space. There are several online tools to encourage people of all ages and capacities to stay active while staying at home which improves health and well-being in these difficult times. Physical activity improves mental health, helps beat negative thoughts, lowers stress and depression, and strengthens the immune system.

Find recommendations and tips on the WHO website on how to remain active during this period: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine

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