Move for Health Day is a World Health Organization event, promoting the importance of physical activity. To celebrate this, we decided to take a different approach to this blog and introduce you to some sports/activities that keep thousands active across Canada and around the globe:
- Cricket: Cricket was first played in Canada in 1785. However, this British game dates back to the 1300’s! Games can last from several hours to days and therefore have breaks for lunch and tea!
- Traditional Inuit games: These games were invented to stay strong and active in the rugged northern climate and for entertainment on long winter nights. Events like the back push require good stamina and strength! Writing this, I learned that Inuit games are part of the yearly Arctic Winter Games.
- Ultimate Frisbee: Often called “ultimate”, this game is easy to organize. You’ll need a Frisbee, open space and, 4+ players. By throwing a Frisbee to your teammate, you ultimately (pun intended) try and land-it in the opponent’s goal zone. The trick is you can only take three steps with the Frisbee before passing it. Find more information on Ultimate Frisbee in Canada here.
- Walking: Its origins can be traced back to way before my time and yours! It can be performed anywhere and anytime; all you need are shoes (and probably a rain coat if you live on the ‘Wet’ Coast). Walking provides easy and accessible opportunities for people to come together, socialize, increase physical activity levels, and support a healthy active lifestyle.
In the spirit of Move for Health Day, we invite you to go outside and try out one of these activities and share your stories and pictures with us on Facebook or twitter (@healthyfamiliesBC and @TeamPAL).
References and Resources
British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association: 2014 Event listings
World Health Organization: Move for Health Day
Traditional Inuit Game: Game descriptions
Arctic Winter Games: Official Home Page
World Flying Disc Federation: Rules of Ultimate
BCRPA: Walk BC