Technology has reduced our physical ability and has robbed us of our daily fitness routines. With time, fitness has been relegated a lower priority in our society. Evidently, lifestyle diseases are on a rise in India affecting even the young with rising cases of diabetes and hypertension common even among children. Seeing how concerning and alarming the issue has become, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Fit India movement in August this year urging people in any profession that they can make themselves efficient in their profession if they are mentally and physical fit. In such a scenario, one must take lessons from the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi – who global health experts advocate should be India’s new fitness icon. More so as India and United Nations mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.
The Modi government has lined up events across the globe to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi. One of these events was held this week at the United Nations office in New York on the theme : “Leadership Matters : Relevance of Gandhi in Temporary Times”.
One of the most significant learning from the Mahatma’s life is his health files, published for the first time. The ‘Father of the Nation’ ailed from high blood pressure, weighed 46.7 kg at a height of 5 feet 5 inches, recorded in 1939. He suffered from malaria thrice (in 1925, 1936 and 1944), and was operated upon for piles and appendicitis in 1919 and 1924. He also suffered from an inflammation of tissues that line lungs and chest cavity while he was in London. These facts published in a special edition on ‘Gandhi and Health @150’ by the Indian Council of Medical Research aims to highlight Gandhi’s healthy lifestyle and why it must be followed today more than ever before.
We bring to you a look into the Mahatma’s lifestyle and what one can learn on fitness from him.