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Why we need movement?

59% of the European population is reported to never or rarely exercise or play sport (Eurobarometer 2014). According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a lack of physical activity is even more dangerous to our health than smoking and we know now that Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.

600,000 people in Europe die each year due to insufficient physical activity. The estimated economic damage of the lack or absence of physical activity is estimated at € 300 a year for each person. This equates to a global loss of € 152 billion annually.

What can we do?

As sedentary lifestyle continues to emerge as one of the most dangerous habits of modern society, it has become clear that the way we spend our days needs a change – a new active way of living. To support and promote this change, we initiate a new European initiative – No Elevators Day.

No Elevators Day is a pan-European initiative part of NowWeMOVEcampaign initiated by International Sports and Culture Association (ISCA) and supporting the European Week of Sport #BeActive.

No Elevators Day could be easily implemented – in office buildings, shopping centre, apartment blocks, car parks, universities, and other public and private buildings. The general idea of the No Elevators Day is to promote the usage of stairs instead of elevators on an everyday basis.

When No Elevators Day will happen?

No Elevators Day will happen on 26.04.2017 all over Europe.

A special event will be organised at Embassy Shopping Complex in Valletta.

You can join the initiative by sealing the elevators in your building on that day to promote the usage of stairs instead of elevators and inform people about the benefits of movement. Learn more on HOW TO.

Few facts about climbing the stairs:

  • Walking up the stairs burns two to three times calories than walking.
  • It requires about 8-11kcal of energy per minute, which is comparatively higher than other moderate intensity physical activities.
  • A 70 kg person can burn 30 calories per day if they climb two flights of stairs (approx. 12 steps each) three times.
  • Walking up six flights of stairs three times per day will result in 90 calories burned.
  • The number of calories you burn depends on your body weight, as heavier people burn more calories than lighter ones.
  • Climbing more than 55 flights of stairs per week may significantly reduce inactivity-related health risks. It can help to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, as well as helping to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Stair climbing is also associated with “good cholesterol” levels, better bone density of post-menopausal women, increased leg power, and may even lead to reduced risk of injury from falls among the elderly.
  • Even minimal activity, such as going up two flights of stairs every day, can lead to weight loss of up to 2.7kg over a one-year period.
  • Stair climbing does not require any special equipment or preparation, and it is also a “green” activity as it does not use any externally produced energy.
  • In addition, stair climbing can be accumulated over the course of the day, making it a significant contribution to the recommended minimum of 20 minutes of daily physical activity.
  • And last, but not least, using the stairs could even save time. The stairs are the quickest way to your destination in buildings with seven floors or less, especially during peak times.

All activities under No Elevators Day title will be voluntary and will take into consideration the accessibility requirements for people with disabilities and medical conditions and will provide access to them and to those not willing to participate.

European Fitness Day

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The European Week of Sport initiative is part of the European Commission’s overall policy aiming at increasing the level of participation in sport and physical activity in the EU. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it aspires to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to exercise more.

The European Week of Sport (EWoS) takes place every year during the month of September all over Europe. This year it will be happening from the 10th – 17th September 2016.

Besides an official opening and flagship event, the European Week of Sport is structured around 4 Focus Themes to appeal to all audiences: Education, Workplace, Outdoors, Sport Clubs & Fitness Centres. These are the main initiatives where people can improve their habits and #BeActive.

Focus Theme “Sport Clubs and Fitness Centres”

Sport clubs and fitness centres play an important role in creating opportunities to get moving by offering safe, fun and engaging spaces to be active in. They support social inclusion and cohesive opportunities to #BeActive at the local level. They also allow people to socialise, whatever their age, gender or socioeconomic background. And having fun together is a key motivation factor!

Now you have the opportunity to provide this unique experience. The most active day in Europe: European Fitness Day will be happening on Thursday 15th September 2016. Don’t miss the chance to promote your fitness centre or club and join the movement. Be part of the biggest wave of dance and fitness clubs, gyms, yoga, Pilates and leisure centre operators working together to combat physical inactivity.

During a day sport clubs and fitness centres can open their doors and invite anyone to come and try their activities.

The Programme

Open your doors and invite everyone to come and try your activities free of charge. Promote awareness through your local media (facebook, website, leaflets).

If you accept to be part of this campaign kindly send us details of your gym so as to register you on our social media pages and website.

Help us make Thursday 15 September the most active day in Europe – with your support we aim to have a record number of Maltese being active.

Get in touch with our national coordinator and see how you can take part in this cool initiative. Send an email to