July 28 is the first day of competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. While it’s exhilarating to watch the events on TV, nothing beats working up a good sweat.
In the spirit of the games, the First Lady is calling on all Americans to get off their butts and partake in any physical activity in your community — even if it’s just for an hour — for the first-ever Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day Meetup.
“This summer, let’s support Team USA, not just by cheering them on at home, but by [also] striving to live up to the example they set," First Lady Michelle Obama said in a promo video.
On July 28, participate in an Olympics-inspired meetup in your area. Visit Meetup.com/lets-move to RSVP and plan your local activity or start your own meetup.
“Whether you grab a hula hoop, jump in the pool or toss around a football in your local park, I hope you'll join me in bringing the Olympic spirit into our homes and helping our kids lead healthier lives," Obama said.
Here are three fun Olympic-inspired activities to get you going, courtesy of LetsMove.gov:
1. The Summer Games contain more than 40 different track-and-field athletics! Combine multiple activities into a relay race around the neighborhood or park you’re using to stage your event. In addition to running, consider incorporating different types of movement, including skipping, jumping and bear crawling. Set individual goals for time or distance, or compete as separate teams.
2. Go retro! Organize teams for a tug of war, which was an official Olympic sport until 1920. It was also part of the original Olympic Games, dating back to 500 B.C. In the modern Olympics, the tug-of-war contest was between two teams of eight, and one team had to pull the other 6 feet along in order to win. If after five minutes no team had done this, the team which had pulled the most was declared the winner.
3. Did you know that the U.S. women’s basketball team has won four gold medals in a row? Follow their lead and include a tournament in your neighborhood’s Olympic Day event. Create teams of two or more players, and mix it up with dribbling races or shooting contests.
Also, check out our story on backyard sports ideas and hold your own Olympics at home!