National Get Up Day

Ever felt down and out, or like you can’t go on? Well, National Get Up Day just might be the pick-me-up for you. There are many extraordinary stories of perseverance that go unnoticed, but these are just the ticket for many people to feel inspired. This is where National Get Up Day comes into the fray. It serves as a reminder that we can pick ourselves up and carry on no matter what.

When Is National Get Up Day?

It is recognized as an official celebration on February 1st. The idea is that people share their stories of when they hit rock bottom and overcame whatever they were going through in their life. This can be from people we know, or just finding solace and inspiration from someone else’s life. Whatever it takes to get up and carry on.

It is inspired by National Skating Month, which runs throughout January. So, when we fall, we get back up, just like when we’re on the ice. It is a synonymous lesson from skating, and one that everyone can do well to remember from time to time.

Still, you don’t need to be on the ice to take this lesson to heart, knowing that everyone has moments when they are down, but that these emotions can be overcome, is what National Get Up Day is all about.

It was founded in 2017 by the US Figure Skating team. They wanted others to share their stories and make it a nationwide movement. There is a push for people with a wider reach to get involved, and the more inspirational, the better, although there is nothing too small that shouldn’t be celebrated.

How to Observe National Get Up Day

The hashtag #WeGetUp is a good source and way of sharing any experiences that may inspire others to get up. Also, sharing stories on can help. It is always good to get in touch with local media and ask them to spread the news so it has a greater reach. With such a positive message, it is important to get it to as many people as possible.

A figure skater sharing their experience is a common sight, but it could be anyone. It can be a good practice to remember on February 1st for anyone who is part of a team, whether it is in sports or in a work environment. Most people have a story to share when it comes to getting up, which is part of what makes it such a great day to get involved with.

Finally… A Quote About National Get Up Day

Some of the most prominent figures from the world of skating have shared their experiences; here is one of the best:

Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton: “I’ve calculated that over the course of my skating career, I fell 41,600 times. And you know what? I got up 41,600 times! Get up.” Scott knows a thing or two about getting up and even announced the day on NBC’s Today Show back in 2016.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 1 Thursday
Next year (2025)
February 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
February 1 Wednesday