PM Narendra Modi: A Yogi, Visionary, And #Fitspiration
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been known for his disciplined lifestyle and his love for yoga.
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However, his fitness regime remained pretty much a mystery until the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli nominated PM Modi to take part in #HumFitTohIndiaFit fitness challenge.
Accepting Kohli's challenge, the PM shared a video of his morning workout, wherein he is seen performing several yoga asanas and breathing exercises. Apart from performing yoga asanas and practising breathing exercises, he is seen walking on a track inspired by the panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature – Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. In his tweet, he mentioned that walking on the panchtatva track is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating.
Let’s take a look at his fitness regime, and understand why you should be following it too:
1. Walking barefoot on the grass
The PM starts his exercise routine by walking barefoot on the grass. Walking barefoot on the grass is known to have several health benefits. It’s said to relieve stress, improve eyesight and strengthen the muscles in your feet. Just make sure, the grass you walk on is properly trimmed and doesn’t have any trash or sharp pieces, as they can cause serious injury.
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After walking barefoot on the grass, Mr Modi meditates for some time. Meditation is extremely important for boosting mental health. Meditation is said to improve concentration and help with depression, stress, mood swings, anxiety, and Alzheimer's, to name a few.
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Here, PM Modi is seen performing the alternate nostril pranayama, also known as the Nadi Shodhana asana. This breathing exercise is said to remove toxins from the body, purify the respiratory channels, and provide relief from headaches, migraine, nervousness, anxiety, and even stress.
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4. Stretching exercises
In this picture, it might seem like PM Modi is just lying and relaxing on a rock, but in reality, it’s a stretching exercise. Stretching exercises enhance the body’s flexibility, strengthen the muscles, and promote blood circulations. Stretching exercises also keep body aches and joint related problems at bay.
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Looking at his fitness routine, we can certainly say that not only is he one of the most dynamic and popular Indian leaders, but also a #Fitspiration.
This year, on the occasion of Independence Day, he announced that his government will launch an ambitious healthcare scheme, Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) on 25th of September 2018. The scheme, which is also being called as ‘Modicare’, is said to benefit 50 crore citizens of the country. Under the scheme, a coverage of Rs 5 lakh will be provided annually. This scheme will benefit more than 10 crore poor families.
Apart from launching this largest healthcare scheme, Narendra Modi’s government has launched several initiatives that are aimed at improving the healthcare scenario in the country. Here’s a glance at them:
1. Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA)
This scheme is aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality rates. This initiative provides special antenatal care to pregnant women to ensure healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries.
2. Mission Indradhanush
Mission Indradhanush, which was launched as a booster vaccination programme to cover 201 districts with low immunisation coverage has reached over 2.55 crore children and 68.7 lakh pregnant women and children across the country, as reported in July 2017. This mission aims to ensure that all children under the age of two, and pregnant women are fully immunised against seven life-threatening diseases — tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and measles.
3. Mission Parivar Vikas
This programme which was launched in 145 high fertility districts spanning over 7 high focus states (UP, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Assam) is aimed at spreading awareness about the importance of family planning and improving the access to affordable and free contraceptives.
4. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Though this programme isn’t directly aimed at healthcare, it has improved sanitation facilities in the country. It’s believed that Modi government has built 8.3 crore toilets since 2014. An access to toilets has decreased the number of infections and diseases that were spread due to defecating in open fields.
Apart from this, the current government has built several hospitals and has made healthcare facilities more accessible and affordable.
We see a healthy India in making, do you?