PM Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with athletes and other fitness enthusiasts as a part of ‘Fit India Dialogue’ to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Fit India Movement in an event where Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju was also present.
Since its launch last year, various events organized under the ambit of the fit India movement have seen enthusiastic participation of people from all walks of life and from across the country. The Fit India Freedom Run, Plog Run, Cyclothon, Fit India Week, Fit India School Certificate and various other programmes have seen collective organic participation of over 3.5 crore people.
The online interaction shows participants sharing tips and anecdotes from their fitness journey and the Prime Minister expressing his thoughts on the virtues of a healthy life.
Cricketer Virat Kholi, model and avid runner Milind Soman, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, and other fitness influencers participated in the event.
” I am glad that healthy eating is becoming a part of our way of living. Becoming fit is not as difficult as most think. It just requires a little discipline, ” he said, adding that we need to inspire one another to stay fit. “Families that play together, stay together,” he said.
“Fitness ki dose, aadha ghanta roz, ” the PM introduced the nation to his latest slogan for a fit India.
Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar said, “Your appeal for ‘Vocal for Local’ is need of the hour. When we say Haldi doodh is good for health, people don’t listen. Call it ‘Turmeric Latte’ and people have it to make it a statement. Compromising on a balanced and healthy diet is not good at all. Don’t count what you eat. Eat enough to feel comfortable.”
Cricketer Virat Kholi also said, “Fitness has to be a priority. Earlier, to improve my game, I started to focus on fitness. But now I realise fitness is the priority. Today, life has become too hectic. We will be left behind if we do not sync our fitness with our life.”
He also added, ” Everybody gets tired after physical activity, but depends on your diet and lifestyle too. Our fitness level is still lower than that of other teams, and we need to fix that.”
PM Modi also talked with Swami Shivadhyanam Saraswati- an alumni of IIT and MIT who is renowned for his research for National Resurgence and is an educationist, among others.