In a bid to urge people to make walking a habit, Mumbai residents participated in a walkathon on Sunday to bring about a long term and sustainable behavioural change in their lives.
The multi-city initiative 'Walk for Health' was announced by Max Bupa Health Insurance Company to inculcate fitness into the lives of people, so that they place health above everything else.
The walkathon has already been a success in several cities. The company has planned to cover 11 cities and participants from all age groups could register for the event.
In the humdrum of life, we often tend to neglect our health. An erratic lifestyle with wrong eating habits leads to several kinds of lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
"The idea is to encourage a healthy lifestyle. I think in urban India, a lot of people take a sedentary lifestyle and that leads to a lot of diseases like hypertension, diabetes or something else. Our view is that we really want to encourage people and create awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and to adopt walking. It is something, which is very easy to do. You can walk in the office, in your house, park, wherever you like. So, the idea is to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle," said Gagan Bhalla, Director, Operation and Strategy, Max Bupa.
Walking is an easy form of exercise, which can be done at one's own convenience. The inclusion of any form of physical exercise can result in several health benefits in the long run.
Adopting walking as a permanent habit could be a solution. According to reports, if we swapped one car journey a week to walking, traffic levels would reduce by at least 10 per cent.
Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor, who is riding high on the success of his latest comedy caper 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' was seen flagging off the event.
The actor, a self-confessed fitness freak, said that this was a good initiative to inculcate walking as a habit.
"Well, I think it's a wonderful campaign. It is a good initiative, because I believe that everyone must exercise and walking is the easiest form of exercise. Anyone can do it at any age," he said.
According to a study by the insurance company, 13 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women in India use their cars for commuting to places which are at a walking distance.
The research also showed that the figure is much higher than other countries such as the United States, Hong Kong, Egypt and Brazil.(ANI)