Professionals spend most of the time by sitting than walking every day in India, revealed a survey.
The Max Bupa Walk for Health Survey 2016 was conducted among 1300 Indians across four cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Jaipur. Working professionals, housewives, students and senior citizens participated in the study.
‘Walking and active lifestyle reduces among working professionals as they spend 40% of the time sitting in a day.’
They found that only 20% of professionals devote time to walking while 38% of them spend time sitting. Longer working hours was the primary barrier to walking among working people. Even housewives don't walk, as some prefer dieting and others feel insecure to walk outside.
Another key reason for reduced walking rates is pollution, wherein 16% Indians are not regularly walking due to rising pollution levels. Among the four cities, Pune (42%) tops the chart followed by Mumbai (39%), Delhi (27%) and Jaipur (27%). Elderly in the age of 46-54years also report pollution as the biggest reason for not walking.
Ashish Mehrotra, Managing Director & CEO, Max Bupa said, "Max Bupa Walk for Health Survey 2016 has revealed an alarming reality, that most of the working population in India spends 40% of its time in a day sitting. This tendency can have devastating aftermath on the health of the nation. A simple yet effective way to improve one's health is a 30-minute daily walk. Through Max Bupa Walk for Health, we want to urge Indians to take a first step towards better health by walking more regularly and actively avert the growing incidence of critical and lifestyle diseases."
A sedentary lifestyle contributes to blood pressure, back problems, weak eyesight and overall weakness. Also, obesity emerged as the prime disease affecting housewives who don't walk (14%). However, 78% of the respondents agreed that walking can help prevent lifestyle diseases.
"The survey shows that 68% have acknowledged the role of walking in controlling weight and 60% of walkers experienced improved lung health due to walking. 35% of the respondents feel walking makes them happier and helps reduce stress. Max Bupa Walk for Health, therefore, encourages people to take up walking for a healthier and more a more successful life," said Anika Agarwal, Head-Marketing, Max Bupa.