Get your body moving on China's National Fitness Day! Come and pick a sport you love!
BEIJING, Aug. 7, 2019(Xinhua) -- Professional sports and national fitness have developed in coordination to jointly promote the prosperity of sports in the country.
In January, 2009, the Chinese government made Aug. 8 as "The National Fitness Day" in order to promote the "sport for all" program and commemorate the Beijing Olympics.
Physical fitness is becoming a national obsession with more and more young people taking to marathon running, playing basketball, soccer, body-building and old people enjoying public square dancing.
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Sun Qizhou(R) from Hefei City competes during the 2018 speed roller skating competition for boys in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province, on Oct. 4, 2018. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)
People take part in a dragon boat race to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in the Dazhangxi River at Nanqian Village, Minhou County of Fuzhou City, southeast China's Fujian Province, on June 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)
A winter swimmer dives into the pool carved up from the frozen Songhua river in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on Jan. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)
Children take part in the balance bike competition on the snow in Yongjing County, northwest China's Gansu Province, on Jan. 12, 2019. (Xinhua/Chen Bin)
People practice Taiji, a Chinese martial art, on the Bund, east China's Shanghai Municipality, Oct. 3, 2012. (Xinhua/Pan Huaqing)
Some 10,000 peoples from Beijing, Yongnian County of northern Hebei Province and overseas Chinese from abroad take part in the Taijiquan performance at central Tiananmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, on Oct. 15, 1998. (Xinhua/Li Jundong)
Citizens celebrate new year at Siji Ski Resort of the Mingcui Lake National Wetland Park in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on Jan. 1, 2016. (Xinhua/Wang Peng)
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