Modi throws fitness challenge to Kumaraswamy

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 13, 2018 01:30 PM IST

Bengaluru:  After tagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a fitness challenge, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy replied to his tweet seeking Centre's support for his State.

The whole chain was started by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who put up a fitness challenge video and urged people to keep fit and post their videos online.

Recently, Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli tagged Modi in this #Fitnesschallenge drive. Reacting to this, Modi tweeted a video of him doing morning exercises like different yoga postures including pranayam at his Lok Kalyan Marg residence .

The PM further tagged Kumaraswamy, Commonwealth medalist Manika Batra and more than 40 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

AS THE TWEET READS

'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.'

'NATION'S FITNESS IS MORE IMPORTANT'

Replying to the tweet soon after he was tagged by the Prime Minister, Kumaraswamy, made a request that read, 'Dear @narendramodi ji I am honoured and thankU very much for d concern about my health. I believe physical fitness is imptnt for all and support d cause. Yoga-treadmill r part of my daily workout regime.

Yet, I am more concerned about development, fitness of my state and seek ur support for it.'

FIVE ELEMENTS OF NATURE

Modi had also tweeted, 'Here are 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.'

Being a yoga enthusiast and in the run-up to the fourth International Yoga Day on 21 June, PM has shared several 3D animated videos showcasing various asanas.

"Have a look and make it a part of your lives. Practising it daily will bring calm and positivity in your life. #4thYogaDay," the Prime Minister tweeted earlier this month, along with a 3-minute video explaining steps to perform the pranayama and detailing its benefits.

SETTING RECORDS
The Modi government has often endorsed yoga on national and international platforms. In 2015, India created two world records on International Yoga Day when the Prime Minister led the participants at Rajpath in Delhi and recorded the largest yoga class with 35,985 people.