Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched “Fit India Movement” on National Sports Day at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in National Capital.
The Fit India Movement aims to encourage masses to include fitness activities and sports in daily lives in order to keep themselves hale and hearty.
Delivering a speech on this occasion, Prime Minister said: “On this day a great sportsperson was born, Major Dhyan Chand. He amazed the world with his fitness, stamina, and hockey stick.”
The Prime Minister said that Fit India should be seen as a household movement, a daily routine, and the nation will only become fit when each citizen becomes fit.
At a colourful ceremony, which included a presentation of India’s indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle.
“Fitness has always been an integral part of our culture. But there is indifference towards fitness issues now. A few decades back, a normal person would walk 8-10km in a day, do cycling or run,” Modi said at the event.
“But with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough,” he added.
During ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on August 25, Prime Minister had announced to launch Fit India movement.
“I want to see you fit and make your fitness conscious and we will together set the goals for Fit India and the country as a whole,” PM Modi had said on ‘Mann Ki Baat’ recently.
Several national sports icons including World Badminton champion PV Sindhu, sprinter Hima Das along with celebrated wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik have come out to support the Fit India campaign.
“I am taking the pledge, are you guys ready to take the pledge,” PV Sindhu said, in a video recently.