A society is formed by its people. For people to be physically fit, it is important to acknowledge what is required to live a good & healthy life. Being physically fit helps us in maintaining our energy levels throughout the day. So, it is good to consider fitness as our necessity, so we can accomplish other life missions.
We, as a nation, have come a long way in terms of fitness in comparison with the last few decades. But, there is still a long way to go & few alarming facts are rising right in front of us.
As per research by Indian Journal of medical research:
“Pooled data after 2010 estimated a combined prevalence of 19.3% of childhood overweight and obesity which was a significant increase from the earlier prevalence of 16.3% reported in 2001-2005.”
Some other facts include: –
- 33% of the Indian population above 30 years of age is suffering from one or more lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiac problems including high cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid, and Cancer.
- Close to 9.4% people are suffering from high cholesterol followed by 7.7% suffering from diabetes and 6.76% people suffering from thyroid.
- Almost two-thirds (64%) of Indians say that they don’t exercise. Interestingly, while nearly half (46%) of Indians say that leading a healthy lifestyle is their top priority.
Despite the rapid growth in sports education and development of world class grounds in India, there is still a big need of changing mindset from considering sports facilities as a luxury to a basic necessity at individual & national level.
Taking a look at what actions and campaigns are taking place and national level, Fit India Movement is reason for causing a big wave in fitness, exercise, yoga, industry for the masses in India. Since its launch in August 2019, the number of people getting awareness for importance of physical fitness is increasing day by day.
Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), Inaugurated at 31st January 2018 by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, held annually in January or February, are the national level multidisciplinary grass-root games in India held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students.
There are many private sports organizations working at individual level as well, helping to achieve the same mission. Let us have a look at few such organisations so that more people can become aware. As, it is responsibility of ours to promote other organizations with identical mission and give them a bigger audience.
Physical Education Foundation of India (PEFIndia) is a group of India’s physical education teachers uplifting the profession of Physical education and sports among youth. Based out of Delhi, with Mr. Piyush Jain as National Secretary, has a broad network and has reach up to 22 states. PEFI conducts various campaigns, activities, leadership camps, counseling and conferences related to sports and physical education. You can join and get involved through their various programs. You can also check out their latest blogs here.
AIFC (Association of Indian Football Coaches) is the premier association of coaches in India which is recognized by All Indian Football Federation. Their vision statement is to advance and improve football coaching through education, exchange of idea and welfare of coaches in India. You can check their websites to know more.
Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS), founded by Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia & Mr. Kishore Taid in October 2010, aims to provide a platform to nurture talent within grassroots & youth football to players and coaches through in-house training & development programs designed & executed by qualified Indian football coaches and instructors in consultation with resident European instructors. BBFS is a 4-star rated academy by the AIFF (All India Football Federation) under the academy accreditation program and participates in all (U13, U15 & U18) AIFF Youth Leagues.
She Kicks Football Academy is a Delhi based female-centric academy founded by Ms. Aditi Chauhan, Indian Football Team player. With an aim to coach football and provide football facilities, they are empowering females who wants to take football on to next level in India.
Governing body of football in Delhi, Football Delhi, partners with club, facility owners, coaches so that people who wish to play football can get all the needful and available resources. Football Delhi’s president Mr. Shaji Prabhakaran has spend more than 25 year with domestic and international football in various capacity. One can join football Delhi by clicking here and can volunteer for many roles such as venue manager, pitch manager, league manager.
PSST respects the efforts made by all similar organization for a better and fit India. We are India’s leading developer of quality sports infrastructure solutions. With a geographical presence in 6 cities across India, PSST has grown exceptionally in the last 5 years with a young team at the helm. We specialize in making football grounds, Hockey Grounds, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Squash Courts et all and are the top importers for synthetic sports flooring in India.
Do you know any such organization which promotes fitness? Let us know in the comments below. You can also reach to me directly via mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Catch you in the next blog.