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Posted at: May 26, 2018, 12:11 AM; last updated: May 26, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)YOUNG NOTES

Be-fitting dare

The Hum Fit To India Fit challenge has taken the social media by storm. So, is it just a gimmick or an awesome idea? Youngsters voice their thoughts

Hum Fit To India Fit... is the new war cry in the world of social media. Suddenly one cannot help but be exposed to people dressed in their formals breaking out to do few quick push-ups right in their office! And, mind you #FitnessChallenge has people from all walks of life on board. Cine celebs, sports stars, ministers in the government, police officials to the aam admi... if something is trending in the country its #HumFitTohIndiaFit...

How it started?

The genesis of this ‘dare’ lies with Minister of Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore. Sharing a short note, he gets up from his seat and starts doing push-ups. Later, he tags Hrithik Roshan, Virat Kohli and Saina Nehwal, and challenges them to share their fitness funda. Virat Kohli accepted the dare and shared a video of his favourite workout while Hrithik posted a video of him cycling (though he was trolled for it) and Saina Nehwal demonstrated her weight training skills! 

Who all took the challenge? 

And then, Hrithik dared Tiger Shroff, who obliged with a martial flip; Anushka Sharma showed her favourite weight training exercise and then there was a deluge. Ministers dressed immaculately showed their skills right from their offices!

So is it a genuine attempt at motivating people to keep fit or another trend aimed at political gains? Social media enthusiasts share their take. 

Awesome dare

It is an awesome dare. There are a lot of people who want to exercise, but lack motivation. Something like this helps them start a journey. And if something comes from celebs, it’s considered ‘right’! Though I am into gymming, this one yoga asana not only strengthens and stretches, but also helps the body, mind and soul connect. 

— Manisha Goel, personal trainer 

Passing fancy

Just like other dares, it’s also another passing fancy. It’s actually a fool-proof way to fetch traffic on social media accounts! The motivation to stay fit is intrinsic and social media has no role to play in it. 

— Himanshu Handa, student

Right direction

I am glad something positive is coming on social networking sites. It’s a very positive campaign, nothing political about it. If something motivates you to be fit, it’s great. There sure is need to make India fit and keep motivating Indians to be healthier. Let’s give it thumbs-up and make it a success. My Myura asana video for #FitnessChallenge has got many likes and many are posting their pictures as well as videos, which shows it’s working in the right direction. 

— Archana Yadav, yoga practitioner

Good move

It is a very good move. People follow stars’ hairstyle, beards, clothes and what not; so why not fitness trends? Seeing politicians working out is cool! And as long as it lasts, one is getting to watch a variety of workouts.

    - Navika Bakshi, engineer 

— As told to Mona


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