Upcoming Olympic Day is a great reason to increase physical activity

Did you know that Olympic Day, an international event, is celebrated annually on June 23, marking the birth of our modern Olympic Games? The worldwide occasion is about more than just the sports: It’s about recognizing the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle while demonstrating the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

We’re teaming up with the Canadian Olympic Committee to bring you Olympic Day inspiration to get active:

PLAN YOUR OWN OLYMPIC DAY

  • Bring Olympic Day to your family, school or other group, with the help of the Canadian Olympic Committee. This could be a mock torch relay or participation in summer Olympic or Paralympic sports with your family such as badminton, wheelchair basketball, cycling, or volleyball. The COC provides resources on their website that can assist with your planning.
  • BONUS: If your Olympic Day event involves teens and takes place between June 1st and August 21st, you may qualify to receive funding ($250 grant) and one of three bonus grants (Gold $2000, Silver $1500 and Bronze $1000) through the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge, sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada. Visit our website for more details and to apply. Deadline for applications is July 31st.

TIME TRIALS, GOAL SETTING AND PERSONAL BESTS

  • Trying to get active on a tough schedule or can’t find a partner or group? Try competing against yourself using a clock while you run or cycle. Record the weight you lift on day one and try to beat it every day after. Apply to any activity by recording your personal best and attempting to consistently beat it. Set goals for weeks two, three and four.

LEARN A NEW SPORT OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

  • Olympic Day is a great reason to try out a new sport or activity. Have you always wanted to learn how to row or perhaps play volleyball? Check out your city or town’s recreation, intramural and ‘learn to play’ programs to get started.

BRING A FRIEND (OR FAMILY MEMBER)

  • Olympic Day is a great reason to grab a buddy or family member to play a sport you already know or discover a new one. Involving others is a great way to increase the likelihood of you sticking to your scheduled activity, increase enjoyment as well as provide some healthy competition. Participating with a friend is the ultimate embodiment of the Olympic Values of Friendship and Respect.

Run, cycle, lift, swim, row and dribble your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle.