Giving a new definition to the old saying, ‘a family that eats together, stays together,’ he said, ‘a family that plays together, stays together’

Despite restrictions due to COVID-19, the Fit India Movement has been proven successful and has become a people’s movement in just one year of its launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during ‘Fit India Dialogue’ organised to celebrate one year of the movement. PM Modi coined the new fitness mantra, ‘Fitness ki Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz’ which means to devote half an hour daily to fitness.

Talking to several fitness icons of India through video conference, he said, “Fitness dose, half an hour daily' In this mantra, everyone's health and everyone's happiness is hidden. Be it yoga, or badminton, tennis, or football, karate or kabaddi, whatever you like, do at least 30 minutes daily. We just saw the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Ministry of Health have also issued a fitness protocol together.”

Celebrating one year of the movement he said, “The Fit India Movement has completed its one year at a time when we have had to spend about 6 months under various restrictions. But the Fit India Movement has proved its influence and relevance in this corona period.”

Giving a new definition to the old saying, ‘a family that eats together, stays together,’ he said, ‘a family that plays together, stays together.’ He said many families have tried the experiment of playing together, doing yoga and exercise together during this pandemic.

He said that it resulted in improving their emotional bonding, understanding and mutual cooperation. He said the times have changed now. Earlier, elderly used to teach youth about fitness but now the things have taken a reverse. Now, youth are more aware and teaching their parents to take up fitness seriously.

Emphasising on the importance of Mental Health, he said, “Man Changa to Kathauti mein Ganga,” which means ‘If the mind is healthy, everything is fine.’

He said, “This message is not only important spiritually and socially, but it also has deep implications which are very important for our daily life. This also means that our mental health is also very important. That is, a sound mind is in a sound body. The reverse is also true. When our mind is healed and healthy, only the body remains healthy.”

On the occasion of the first anniversary of ‘Fit India Movement,’ PM Modi interacted with several fitness icons including Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, fitness icon Milind Soman, Afshan Ashiq, a woman footballer from Jammu and Kashmir who now trains other girls in football, Paralympian gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia, nutrition expert and renowned author Rujuta Diwekar, a representative of Bihar School of Yoga Swami Shivadhyanam Saraswati, researcher and educationist Mukul Kanitkar.

PM Modi later took to Twitter and wrote, “Lively and informative Fit India Dialogue.”

The conference was also attended by the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. Calling the dialogue very informative and interesting, the minister wrote on twitter, “Within 1 year #FitIndiaMoverment has taken the shape of people’s movement. PM @narendramodi Ji’s Fit India Dialogue with some of India’s fitness influencers was very informative and interesting!”

The Fit India movement was launched by PM Modi on August 29 last year which has seen a collective participation of over 3.5 crore Indians. Around two crore Indians participated in the Fit India Freedom Run launched on August 15 last year. The movement has seen a participation of over 30 crore people on its digital platforms.