IN celebration of the International Olympic Day 2020, the Olympic Committee created a 24-hour full digital campaign of working out.
Just to be clear: it's not literally a livestream of people working out for 24 straight hours.
Rather, it's a daylong celebration of movement, fitness, and sports.
Olympian or not, everyone is encouraged to join as the program promotes staying fit and healthy in time of this pandemic.
“Olympic Day is a celebration of sport, health, and being the best you can be. It invites everyone around the globe to be active,” announced the Olympic Channel. “Participants from all over the world will commemorate the day the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894.”
Need a workout idea? The Olympic Committee posted a session on their Instagram account:
Locally, the Philippine Olympic Committee also established Olympic Day PH Move Challenge. In this activity, athletes are encouraged to post a 2-minute creative video of themselves performing their respective sports.
Major prizes would also be given to the most creative outputs.
Some national athletes like Jamie Lim, Southeast Asian Games Karate gold medalist, Agatha Wong, also a SEA Games Wushu gold medalist, and Maxine Esteban, national fencer and SEA Games bronze medalist, are in full support of this campaign by the POC.
For them, it’s one way to get other people to kickstart, or continue, their sweat sessions.
“It’s a cool and fun initiative. Not many people are familiar with the different sports, so it’s good that they get to see that there are so many other sports out there to watch, support, and even try out,” the 23-year-old karateka said. “Creative home workouts [will also be shown], so people could get ideas if they want to get moving.”
Agatha added: “To put ourselves out there and show snippets of each our sports [can be encouraging to a lot of people to stay active].”
"A fit mind and body can also boost our immune system to fight the virus. Aside from this, being fit will also keep our brains working and in good shape. By asking athletes or other people like me to post work out or training videos, we will be able to inspire and encourage others to do the same," Esteban claimed.
The Olympic Channel also revealed that a number of world champions and Olympians from around the globe would do live workouts for the whole day on Tuesday.
“Join us for a day full of live athlete-led home workouts from the likes of USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez, France's five-time Olympic biathlon champion Martin Fourcade, India's star wrestler Vinesh Phogat, China's rising skier Gu Ailing Eileen, and Tongan sensation Pita Taufatofua,” they posted on their website.