Here’s How Prime Minister Narendra Modi Keeps Himself Hale & Healthy
Narendra Damodar Modi, a name that needs no introduction. A name that has etched India’s place with golden letters in the entire world, for many years to come. The honourable 14th Prime Minister of India, who are serving the country consecutively since 2014 is a true inspiration for many. A born leader, an epitome of strength, a visionary, and the true flag bearer of the nation, PM Narendra Modi was born on 17th September 1950 in Vadnagar, Gujarat and this year marks his 69th birthday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been voted as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Leader’ for 2019 by readers of the British Herald magazine. Nation’s development has been the pledge and commitment of the BJP government under the successful guidance of PM Narendra Modi, a motto that is clearly expressed by the party’s slogan of “saaf niyat, sahi vikas” (Clean intent, right development) and his achievements are surely an extension of it. Under his leadership, India has surpassed France to become the 6th largest economy worldwide.
Between the arrays of his achievements, his contribution towards the healthcare segment is worth mentioning for.
In his words “A healthy nation is created only from a healthy family and a healthy society.” Narendra Modi himself is an avid believer of a healthy lifestyle and makes sure to spare time for maintaining his fitness and health.
PM Modi is well known for his love for Yoga. No doubts that he has topped the list of “Top 30 Health Influencers of 2019” for the second time in a row.
PM Modi’s Fitness Mantra
Did you know that PM Modi has never taken a sick leave; Astonishing, isn’t it?
Well, it has got quite a lot to do with the kind of disciplined life he follows.
PM Modi’s morning routine starts as early as 5 AM in the morning, and most of the times he continues working up until 10 PM. Despite such a hectic schedule, he manages to keep himself fit and healthy. He starts the day with Suryanamaskar, Pranayama and Yoga. After Yoga sessions, he sits for meditation. Even while on a hectic travel schedule, he religiously follows his Yoga and meditation sessions. He gives credits of his unprecedented energy and activeness to Yoga and pranayama. Probably this is why his efforts ensured back in 2015 that Yoga gets an International day in its honour, which is marked on June 21 every year.
In a book written by Dr Srinivas Gandhi, titled ‘Will Power and Win Power – Deal as Rising Star’, PM Modi is quoted as saying: “Doctors tell me I need to sleep for 5 hours but I sleep for maximum 3-4 hours yet, I get a very sound sleep. I am equally energetic from morning till night. I guess the secret behind Yoga and Pranayama, which I do daily whenever I feel tired, I just practice deep breathing and that refreshes me again.”
The same book quotes him further as- “I want my health to be such that it won’t be a burden for the nation. Till my last breath, I want to remain a healthy human being.”
In a candid discussion with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the Prime Minister said, instead of rushing to doctors, he swears by simple home remedies like using mustard oil to treat his cold or using Assamese Gamosa (Assam gamcha) to soothe foot pain while walking for long distances.
Apart from Yoga and Pranayama, PM Modi’s fitness regime includes a daily walk on a reflexology track inspired by the panchtatvas or the five elements of existence- Prithvi (Earth), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire), Vayu (Wind), Aakash (ether). This can help in stimulating various reflexology points in the nerve endings present on sole of feet and can in turn lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and stimulate blood circulation.
PM Modi is practising vegetarianism when it comes to his preferred food choices. He has very simple food habits that involve no extravagance, no fancy menu off the diner. For the kind of powerful orator he is, he ensures to sip on lukewarm water even during summers, to prevent sore throat. He is a teetotaller, and prefers a simple lemonade or buttermilk (chaas) over other drinks.
He is quite fond of Gujarati Khichdi and names it as one of his favourite foods. He also observes nine-day fasting during Navratras (a Hindu festival of nine days devoted to Goddess Durga), where he only includes fruits and lemonades In his diet- a regime that’s going strong since almost 40 years now!
Health for All
The Ayushman Bharat scheme, government’s flagship health care scheme launched by PM Modi in 2018 has already benefitted 10 lakh, poor patients. As many as 10.74 crore poor families in the country have been benefited from the Ayushman Bharat under which free treatment up to INR five lakh can be availed, and over 10,000 people are getting benefits of the scheme daily. The flagship programme, dubbed Modicare, covers hospital costs for some 500 million people in the country.
PM Modi is not only an inspiration because of his dedication and determination to the nation, but also as a fitness and healthy role model for every age group. Quite recently on 29th August 2019, he launched “Fit India Movement” on National Sports Day through which he appealed citizens to make exercise a part of their daily lives, summing it in his words- “Small changes in our lifestyle can make all the difference. Yoga, physical exercise and fitness should be an integral part of discussions in each family. There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs. And to take the stairs, you have to be fit”.