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Women made the world complete and beautiful. The role of women has been equal in the creation of the world.  A family, society, nation or world cannot be imagined without women. Throughout history, there are many stories that speak of women’s bravery, sacrifice and dedication.

On one hand, female life has played an important role in creating the world,  on the other hand, this form of human life has also gone through many austerities, and struggles whether it is Sita of Ramayana or Draupadi of Mahabharata, whether it is Padmavati of Chittor or Manikarnika of Jhansi.

Women have been made victims of social, mental, and physical torture over the years and even today the situation remains the same. Her desire, posture, age, and emotions are often made a soft target. Mission Team Fitness analyses the reason behind the mentality regarding women not changing even after so many technical, and social revolutions. Why women are still a target of social parameters? Why so many women are suffering from physical and mental health issues in India?

Mission Team Fitness – A Step Towards Female Empowerment

Mission Team Fitness is working on women’s health and empowering women in various aspects including humanistic perspective, mindset and social space. While continuously working, it’s members have started to nurture developing minds between the ages of 12 to 18 which is a stage of hormonal biological change for all human beings.

And due to today’s lifestyle in the so-called modern era, this soft age is an easy target to distract. Multiple factors are working to misguide the generation of this age.

A girl who is a daughter today will be a mother tomorrow. A mother is the backbone of the family and a nation need a healthy mother.

With some of the above thoughts, let us describe some facts about social barriers which we need to reform or remove.

The Dos And Don’ts A Society Lays Out For Women

  • Women are surrounded by social parameters and conservative thinking.
  • From birth to the end of life, there are multiple parameters applicable to women in Indian culture.
  • When we talk about physical, mental and social health, a woman should be physically strong, mentally open-minded and have a rich social life.
  • She is expected to be educated, self-dependent, a good family caretaker, with sound health, wide social and spiritual intelligence, as well as cultured.
  • With the widespread efforts of social revolutions, the difference between son and daughter is now diminishing in society. Today, the daughters are expressing the prowess of their skills to the society with complete vigour and making their family and country proud. But in a wider perspective, every third woman of all age groups is suffering from multiple physical, mental and social disorder.
  •  A daughter is expected to change her thoughts, her mindset, her way of living just within 24 hours after marriage.
  • Today, a father celebrates the birth of a daughter, tries to give her a good upbringing, but on the other hand, conservative thinking, customs, insecurity which are a rip-off on society, keep the entire family in confusion.
  • From a girl to a woman, a human being spends her entire life in many mental and social restrictions. Her biological mechanism, her open display of happiness is always bounded by social restrictions.
  • Women in many communities in India are not in a good state with them being considered for only family planning and fulfilment of adult desires.

Women: The Backbone Of The Society

A woman makes the world complete. She makes the family, she makes the society and she even makes the nation strong.

She is 48% of India’s population and makes our nation proud. Let’s make them happy and healthy because we always pray to our three mothers – Janani Maa, Dharti Maa and Bhaarat Maa. (The mother who gave us birth, Mother Earth and Mother India).

Mission Team Fitness is spreading awareness regarding women health priorities through its many programs being conducted in schools, colleges, parks, and fitness workshops.

Physical, mental and social health revolution programs in association with National Commission for women include:

  • Who we are? – Basic biological machines
  • Physical and mental health mechanism
  • Social barriers and it’s balancing solutions
  • Mental health priorities
  • Importance of nature cycle with lifestyle cycle
  • Importance of dieting orders to be healthy.
  • A good combination of Happiness and Healthiness
  • Balancing social, professional and personal life
  • Self-evaluation and self-heeling to come over situations
  • Eat healthy and be healthy.

The author is a Coach and the Founder of the organization.

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