The PM's one-and-a-half minute video comes nearly a month after he accepted the fitness challenge thrown by Kohli Image: Facebook
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi today responded to India cricket team captain Virat Kohli's fitness challenge with a video of his own, which shows him meditating, walking, and doing yoga in his yard.
Modi also nominated newly-appointed Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, table tennis player Manika Batra and IPS officers, especially those above 40 years of age to take the fitness challenge next.
The 67-year-old also said that his fitness regimen is inspired by the five elements of nature — Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (wind) and Aakash (sky). "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," he wrote.
The PM's one-and-a-half minute video comes nearly a month after he accepted the fitness challenge thrown by Kohli. Modi had then replied on Twitter that he will soon upload his fitness video.
"Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon," the PM had written in May in reply to Kohli's challenge.
In his video, the PM can be seen dressed in black jogging clothes, walking on a track created around a tree, doing stretching exercises and sitting on a rock for meditation. He is also seen balancing himself while walking on a narrow, circular track.
Despite the India PM's overwhelming enthusiasm about the fitness challenge, his nominated candidate's response was a bit muted. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy took to Twitter to express his support for the Fit India movement, thanking Modi for his concern over his health. But he also added that his current priority is the fitness of his state.