August 8, 2009, marked the first National Fitness Day, to commemorate the successful holding of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Ten years on, more and more Chinese people see fitness as a new and healthy lifestyle. Young Chinese have a good habit of exercising even after a tiring day of work, while more seniors believe that exercising is a good way to keep healthy.
Meanwhile, thanks to policy and social support, people can enjoy a better exercising environment. Large stadiums are open to the public for free or low fees, and many cities have built “15-minute fitness circles,” ensuring convenient places for excercise within a 15 minute walk of people’s homes.
“It’s necessary to create more places for citizens to enjoy leisure and sports, and to make people’s lives more convenient and more colorful,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said when he visited a community in Qingdao, Shandong Province in June 2018.
Ten years on, Beijing is welcoming its next Olympics Games: the 2022 Winter Olympics. In the past decade, China has never stopped improving the physical fitness and health level of the nation.
Looking ahead, China will be always support fitness programs and facilities nationwide, inspiring a commitment to lifelong wellness.
(Produced by Yan Yiqiao, Wang Zi and Bao Han; special thanks to: SUPERMONKEY, Beijing Mingdi Health Management Co., LTD and Evolution Gym)