National Gymnastics Day is celebrated on September 19 of this year. One must possess the physical strength to battle in any situation. At the same time, the person must also have a flexible body. Gymnastics is a classic sport for both the gender that provides both physical strength and flexibility. The National Gymnastics Day is celebrated as a way to encourage the gymnasts and bring awareness about the sport among others to actively participate.
“I just stay focused, and I always think about gymnastics. I am just doing what I always do… working really hard and pushing myself to the maximum and keeping myself motivated.” – Aly Raisman
History of National Gymnastics Day
The National Gymnastics Day was first celebrated in the year 1999. The observance of the day will be annually held on the second Saturday in the month of September. The celebration of Gymnastics Day aims in promoting the sport among young people. The day also honors those sportspeople, coaches, and clubs who are actively involved in playing and keeping the Gymnastics alive. Ever since its celebration of Gymnastics Day has been started, it is being taken place annually, and it highlights the advantages and attractions of this energetic sport. Since the 5th century B.C, Gymnastics has been in existence. It then originated as an activity in ancient Greek. The Greeks had developed the practice to strengthen their warrior’s skills for the battle.
Gymnastics helps in improving your strength, dexterity, and concentration and thus focuses on hand to hand combat for all the necessary physical traits. There is no competitive note about this classic sport until the late 19th century. Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) was established in Liège, Belgium in the year 1881. The first modern Olympics held in Athens, Greece in 1896 included the men’s gymnastics, and the first female gymnastics events were featured in 1928 at the Amsterdam Olympics. Present-day modern Olympics has many of the events first that were exhibited in the Greek Olympics. Gymnastics is now a popular sport from around the world which is a part of an event in many prestigious competitions and contests.
The gymnastics movements help in the development of one’s arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abdominal muscles. To indulge in Gymnastics, one must require balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, agility, endurance and control. Friedrich Ludwig Jahn of Germany is regarded as the “father of modern gymnastics.” He was the one who had developed many events parallel bars, balance beam and jumping events during the 1700s which made the audiences awestruck. The gymnastics competitions are available as an individual sport or as a group activity under different age group and skill levels. The training for the Gymnastics must be started at an early age and needs several hours of practice every day.
Other Celebrations on September 19
September 19 is also celebrated as
- Talk Like a Pirate Day
- Butterscotch Pudding Day
- International Coastal Cleanup Day
- International Eat an Apple Day
- International Red Panda Day
How to Celebrate National Gymnastics Day
There are many ways in which you can celebrate National Gymnastics Day. You can indulge yourself to get training on Gymnastics as it is the perfect day to start. Encourage children from around to take part in the Gymnastics classes and tell them the advantages of the sport. In a more simpler way, you can cheer up your favourite Gymnastics team when an event takes place. Use #NationalGymnasticsDay hashtag on social media to post and share your celebrations.
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