Prime Minister Narendra Modi has challenged Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to take the Fit India Challenge started by the Sports Minister Rajvardhan Singh Rathore. Tweeting his own fitness regime with the hashtag #HumFitTohIndiaFit, PM Modi on Wednesday said he does yoga, breathing exercises apart from walking on the track inspired by the Panchtatvas.
"Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature - Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice breathing exercises. #HumFitTohIndiaFit," the prime minister tweeted.
Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature - Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 13, 2018
breathing exercises. #HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/km3345GuV2
In the following tweet, the PM nominated Karnataka CM, Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medal winner Manika Batra and IPS officers to take up the challenge next.
"I am delighted to nominate the following for the #FitnessChallenge: Karnataka’s CM Shri @hd_kumaraswamy. India’s pride and among the highest medal winners for India in the 2018 CWG, @manikabatra_TT. The entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40," the tweet said.
PM Modi also appealed to every Indian to devote some part of the day towards fitness.
Kumaraswamy, who is currently heading the Congress-JD(S) alliance government in Karnataka, replied to PM Modi's challenge. The leader said that even though treadmill and yoga were regular part of his fitness routine, he would rather focus on development fitness of his state.
"Dear @narendramodi ji I am honoured& thankU very much for d concern about my health I believe physical fitness is imptnt for all&support d cause. Yoga-treadmill r part of my daily workout regime. Yet, I am more concerned about devlpment fitness of my state&seek ur support for it. (sic)," he tweeted.
The #HumFitTohIndiaFit or Fit India Challenge requires a person to share a video of their fitness regime on social media and challenge their friends to do so next.
PM Modi was challenged by India's Cricket star Virat Kohli.
I have accepted the #FitnessChallenge by @ra_THORe sir. Now I would like to challenge my wife @AnushkaSharma , our PM @narendramodi ji and @msdhoni Bhai for the same. 😀 #HumFitTohIndiaFit #ComeOutAndPlay pic.twitter.com/e9BAToE6bg— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 23, 2018
The most ardent promoter of the challenge is Union minister and Olympic Silver medalist Rajvardhan Singh Rathore, who regularly shares his videos on microblogging site Twitter.
#HumFitTohIndiaFit 🇮🇳🏆— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 22, 2018
Post pictures and videos of how you keep yourself fit and send a #FitnessChallenge to your friends on social media. Here's my video 😀and I challenge @iHrithik, @imVkohli & @NSaina to join in🥊 pic.twitter.com/pYhRY1lNEm
The campaign has found wide support from sports and film industry. Several stars like Sonam Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Yusuf Pathan have accepted the challenge in the past.
Thanks @arjunk26 & @bhagyashree123 for the nomination. Like lovely @tahira_k I will also choose a leg workout. We generally run away from this but let’s do the lunges. I nominate @psbhumi @sanyamalhotra07 @Aparshakti. Salute @Ra_THORe for this fitness thread. #HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/0tKpubPp0e— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) June 11, 2018
Skipping is my favorite way to warm up for a workout..— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) June 10, 2018
Thank you for the nomination @sonamakapoor .
I'm excited to pass this challenge on to @Its_Badshah @ayushmannk & @ShraddhaKapoor !
Kudos to @Ra_THORe for starting this inspirational fitness journey ! #HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/TqttAxbSGJ
Excited about this challenge, thank you @iTIGERSHROFF for nominating me! Kudos @Ra_THORe for pushing India to becoming stronger. Here's one of my favourite workout moves!— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) June 7, 2018
I also nominate @anilkapoor, @anandahuja, @arjunk26 & @HarshKapoor_ #HumFitTohIndiaFit #FitnessChallenge pic.twitter.com/wIVWRDnAHn
Thank you @SDhawan25 for nominating me. Sharing this fitness challenge experience with my kids, here is my video for the #FitnessChallenge initiative by @Ra_THORe . I now challenge @IrfanPathan and #PiyushChawla to post their fitness videos. #humfittohindiafit pic.twitter.com/wPpc2RsPoN— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) June 7, 2018
Watch India TV's spoof on where opposition leaders stand against PM Modi and Rajvardhan Singh Rathore in the fitness challenge: