Youth Day Special: Hangzhou Man Redefines Youth by Living It Out

Source: HangzhouTube, Global Times, Xinhua News,

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Fan Guozhi, a 46-year-old marathon runner, fitness fanatic and volunteer who has been working in the hairdressing industry for almost three decades in Hangzhou, knew nothing about fitness or workouts six years ago.

"As a hairdresser, I used to work very late at night and usually had midnight meals after work," he recalled. "In 2014, my weight was only 55 kilograms, but I had a pot belly. At that time, I felt tired from time to time, but couldn't find any diseases when I went to the hospital."

His poor state of health made him decide to make some changes and he started to go to the gym.

"Today, no one can imagine that I had no interest in any exercise in the first 40 years of my life," Fan said. "But I always believe that people should do something we don't like to strengthen our wills."

Fan kept exercising through self-study. Now, he has reached the weight of 61 kilograms and a body fat ratio of less than 10 percent.

In October 2018, Fan joined a running event by accident which led to him keeping fit by running, and he has grown into an excellent runner in the eyes of his peers.

In addition to his roles of hairdresser and runner, he has also done his part to serve society.

Fan has kept a tradition in his salon that people older than 65 are welcome to have free haircuts every Monday morning. "I don't know the exact number of people that we've served, but I will keep offering the service as long as the salon is open." he said.

"Just live a happy and bold life. This has always been my motto," said Fan Guozhi.

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One suspected case arriving from overseas was reported in Shanghai, the commission said in its daily report.

No deaths related to the disease were reported, according to the commission.

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