Pune: 35% of Pune doesn’t walk and spends time sitting reveals Max Bupa Walk for Health survey, a first of its kind study of over 1300 walkers across 4 cities, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Jaipur.
The survey revealed that long daily commute (23%) has emerged as the biggest barrier for Puneites to walk regularly. Other barriers which stops them from walking are – long office hours (20%), exposure to pollution (19%),no company to walk (16%) and busy with household chores – 13%. Interestingly, 13% of the respondents preferred dieting over a simple activity like walking.24% of males stated long office hours as the biggest deterrent to walking while 26% of females cited increasing level of pollution as the main reason to not walk.
It is evident from the survey that how Pune leads a very sedentary lifestyle as 35% spend their time sitting. Health profile reveals how the residents are suffering from multiple ailments like blood pressure 15%, diabetes 10%, cholesterol 10%, obesity 11%, back problems 11% and weak eye sight 16%.
The survey reiterates the multiple health benefits of a simple exercise like walking that Max Bupa has taken upon itself to drive across the country through its first of its kind health initiative, Max Bupa Walk for Health. The initiative aims to encourage people to integrate walking into their daily schedule. Buoyed by the participation of more than 60,000 people in the three editions of Max Bupa Walk for Health, the fourth edition of Max Bupa Walk for Health is a first of its kind four-city walk. Joining the cause and leading the walking movement are noted Indian Olympic Walkers, namely, Manish Rawat, Sandeep Kumar, Gurpreet Singh and Khushbir Kaur. With the support of these noted Olympians, Max Bupa aims to successfully mobilized 30,000 families across various cities, towns and villages to walk more, and drive awareness about the innumerable health benefits of walking among Indians.
Ashish Mehrotra, MD and Chief Executive Officer, Max Bupa said, “Max Bupa Walk for Health Survey 2016 has revealed that Pune leads a very sedentary lifestyle and people spend 35% of their time sitting. It is a proven fact that Indians are genetically more prone to lifestyle and critical ailments like diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. Surprisingly, 78% of non-walkers agree that walking helps in lifestyle related illness but still don’t walk. Through this Max Bupa Walk for Health, we aim to create awareness among people that there is an impending need to take control of your health, given the increasing scourge of diseases, and include walking into their daily lives for better living.”
The survey highlighted multiple triggers which makes 65% of the Puneites walk for a healthy self. 38% of the respondent feel that walking is good for heart while 36% feel that walking helps in controlling weight. 28% feel that walking is good for lungs while 20% walk to feel good about themselves. Gender wise split revealed that 39% of females agree that walking helps lose weight as compared to 29% males. 30% of the females walk to stay young while 30% of males walk to stay energetic.
Going to the convenience store is a prominent reason among females to walk (58%), while 52% males walk while talking over phone. The survey also shows that Pune is quite tech savvy as 45% of the respondents use gadgets / applications while walking withrelatively higher usage of gadgets seen among menthan women.
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