#StayActive trending amid stay-at-home order


@Cristiano via Instagram

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo performs a home workout in a post with #StayActive.

Indy Dhillon, Guest Writer

As a result of the stay-at-home order, many have had to adjust their daily workout routines. This has led to #StayActive trending on Instagram.

The hashtag first started trending when many athletes around the world started posting their at-home workouts. One such athlete is soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has continued to post the hashtag frequently. In an April 25 post he said, “Keep strong guys! Let’s go! #stayactive.”

Professional athletes aren’t the only ones posting their routines to help and educate their followers. In order to explain this movement, a recently published BBC article entitled “The Evolution of Home Fitness,” states that in current times, “The lines between fitness and the self-help movement have become blurred.”

Currently, working out is no longer a lifestyle or hobby, it has become a necessity. In the BBC article, Brooklyn College associate professor of anthropology, Katie Rose Hejtmanek, said, “We need exercise not just as a beauty regimen now, and not just as a heart and health situation, now we need to do it for our mental health. This is now a burden in all of our realms.”

Many people have mixed their passions into the whole process. Mountain climbers are posting their workout sessions in which they climb to high altitudes and bodybuilders are showing off their make-shift or home equipment in order to get their gains. People, in general, are finding new ways to perform physical activity while having fun with it.

A similar hashtag called #StayStrong has been trending on different sites. One such place is the official Olympic site where viewers have access to mental and physical exercises that many Olympic athletes perform in order to stay fit for the games.

For example, Olymypic.org has put out a program called Olympic State of Mind. The site says, “This multimedia experience offers you the chance to learn techniques from some of the best athletes around, including wrestler Jordan Burroughs (USA), badminton player PV Sindhu (India), and prodigious swimmer Ariarne Titmus (Australia), to help you be your best self.”

Staying active appears to be important for everyone affected by stay-at-home orders around the world. As the WHO says, “Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during this time.”