Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on May 21 started a fitness campaign called #HumFitTohIndiaFit.
He posted a video of himself on social media, doing push-ups in his office. He also thanked the Prime Minister for inspiring him to stay fit.
He urged his followers on Twitter to post pictures and videos of them engaged in activities to keep themselves fit.
In response to his challenge politicians, sports persons and Bollywood stars posted videos of themselves engaged in activities to keep themselves fit. In a short time the campaign has gone viral with videos and photos flooding the Union Minister’s Twitter handle.
Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju was one of the earliest participant to post a video on his official Twitter handle exercising.
Fabulous campaign by Sports Minister @Ra_THORe on #HumFitTohIndiaFit I accept #FitnessChallenge of @jayantsinha? Here's my video & I challenge
SMART CM @PemaKhanduBJP
SUPERSTAR ACTOR @BeingSalmanKhan
SUPERFIT ACTOR @saumyatandon pic.twitter.com/QnWpBpYCl9
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 23, 2018
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu in response to the challenge posted a video of himself running to keep himself fit.
Excellent initiative by Shri @Ra_THORe Ji. Challenged by MoS @KirenRijiju, I am posting my #HumFitTohIndiaFit video & further extend #FitnessChallenge to former footballer & Manipur CM @NBirenSingh Ji, @BAI_Media President @himantabiswa Ji, Bollywood Smart actor @TheJohnAbraham pic.twitter.com/1qU4zzLK3E
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) May 30, 2018
Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma posted a photo of himself trekking from Chandigre village in West Garo Hills to Daribokgre village on the foothills of Nokrek in East Garo Hills, about 9 kms.
Trekking through the beautiful hills of #GaroHills from Chandigre to Daribok, 9kms to promote tourism, fitness and health. @narendramodi @Ra_THORe @KirenRijiju @PemaKhanduBJP @sarbanandsonwal @Neiphiu_Rio @BjpBiplab @NBirenSingh pic.twitter.com/YczEPQzSKp
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) May 30, 2018
Chief Minister of Manipur Nongthombam Biren Singh posted a video of himself using an exercise cycle to keep fit.
— Nongthombam Biren (@NBirenSingh) May 30, 2018
Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio posted a video of himself playing badminton.
Fitness is a healthy heart, staying strong and being agile. My preferred fitness regime is playing badminton amongst other sports. #FitnessChallenge #HumfitTohIndiaFit. Thanks @SangmaConrad. Let’s get fit. @Ra_THORe @KirenRijiju @narendramodi @abumetha @NDPPofficial @rajeev_mp pic.twitter.com/uMKWXRhgi0
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) May 31, 2018
Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb posted a video of himself doing push-ups.
I accept #FitnessChallenge given by Shri @Ra_THORe ji. This is how I remain fit & healthy for building a #NewIndia. I ask my friends from #Tripura spread across the world to accept this challenge & show how they are fulfilling Shri @narendramodi ji's vision of #HumFitTohIndiaFit. pic.twitter.com/3FKJdujIBJ
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) May 31, 2018
Actor and Assam Tourism Ambassador Priyanka Chopra also posted a photo of herself in a gym.
Thank you @Ra_THORe for a reminder that we all need to start living a healthier lifestyle. #HumFitTohIndiaFit is a great intitiave and it's motivating me to get back to the gym! #AustinCagley @breebranks are you listening? pic.twitter.com/wEEAPhhDnR
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 29, 2018
Not to be left behind, star sportspersons from the Northeast also took up the challenge.
Ace Olympic gymnast Dipa Karmakar also joined in the challenge.
@ombirlakota I accept your challenge for #HumFitTohIndiaFit and here is my video! @Ra_THORe sir this is a great initiative to remind us the importance of keeping fit. I further challenge @IamBhavaniDevi @p_shabi @tae5dan @sharba15 #FitnessChallenge https://t.co/YMO0k5IKFM pic.twitter.com/kR1ia1SOVn
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) May 30, 2018
Ace Manipuri boxer mary kom also joined in the challenge with a video of boxing.
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) May 22, 2018
Not only high profile people but common men also enthusiastically joined the fitness challenge. The challenge isn’t about doing a 10k run, lifting weights or doing a handstand instead it is a call to take up any physical activity, that keeps you fit.