Nearly three weeks after he accepted Indian skipper Virat Kohli's fitness challenge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday shared his own fitness video on Twitter.
“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 ,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
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 a follow up tweet, the prime minister nominated Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and 2018 CWG medal winner Manika Batra for the challenge. He also extended the challenge to the "entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40".
I am delighted to nominate the following for the #FitnessChallenge:— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 13, 2018
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.
"I appeal to every Indian to devote some part of the day towards fitness. Practice any set of exercises you are comfortable with and you will see the positive difference it will make in your life!," Modi said in another tweet.
The prime minister posted the video just days ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21.
The #FitnessChallenge, part of 'Hum Fit Toh India Fit' campaign, was started by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on May 22, when he posted a video of him doing push-ups. In the same video, he threw challenge at Kohli, actor Hrithik Roshan, and badminton champ Saina Nehwal.
Kohli had accepted the challenge of Rathore and posted a video of him doing Butt Plank on Twitter. The cricketer had also extended the challenge to the prime minister.
In response to this, Modi had said: “Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon.”
The Fit India movement was initiated by Modi in March, which has been gaining momentum since then. He even talked about the movement in April's Mann Ki Baat and released a 3D-animated video of himself depicting the 'Trikonasana' posture.