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For our ancestors, a strong body was essential for survival: walking long distances, lifting heavy objects and hard labour were part of their day-to-day activities. For thousands of years mankind payed attention to physical fitness. They created different types of sports: from gymnastics in China, swimming and fishing in Egypt, to the different forms of martial arts in Persia. Sports and athletic activities were created not just to entertain the higher-class audience, but also to preserve and maintain healthier bodies. It is long-known that physical strength is tied to a healthy body, which in turn is a strong factor for improving the soundness of the mind. In this principal the old Latin quote “Mens sana in corpore sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) was translated into nearly every language and was mentioned whenever there was the need to advocate the importance of sports and exercise for people.
In the age of technology when people spend most of their time in front of screens, limiting their body movement, the need for exercise and physical up-keep is at its peak. Luckily, the popularity of the gym life and exercising amongst youth is increasing in the world.
Armenia is not falling behind trends; gyms and exercise halls are filled with energetic and motivated youth who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, due to various economic reasons not everyone has access to affordable workout spaces. In order to encourage healthy lifestyle through movement and exercise, we at Ayo! found the ideal solution in “Street Workout” spaces.
Street workout has been described as:
“…a physical activity performed mostly in outdoor parks or public facilities. It is a combination of athletics, calisthenics, and sports. Street Workout is a modern name for body-weight workout in outdoor parks.”
Since 2012, “Street Workout and Street Lifting” NGO has been promoting healthy lifestyle all over Armenia through this new type of exercise facilities. Ayo! in cooperation with SWSL and with YOUR support is aiming to bring an accessible and free of charge open air street workout area to Stepanakert, Artsakh.
It is undeniable that the youth is the most important pillar for the bright future of our nation, and bright future needs bright minds, which as it is well established, lies in healthy bodies. Help Ayo! today in the mission of building a stronger and brighter future for Artsakh. Find out more about the project in the Happening Now section of our website.