NCD Governor Powes Parkop has done a remarkable job in spreading the popularity of the health-conscious concept of the communal Walk For Life in Kimbe West New Britain.
The once a week early morning walk held in Port Moresby under his guidance sees hundreds of people including mothers, children, women, girls, fathers, and many others of all ages come together an interact while taking the Freeway from the Jack Pidik Park to Konedobu.
This is in recognition of the all too important reason of ensuring there is a reasonable level of fitness in everyone so that they can manage themselves better.
For too long people have been dictated to by the lifestyle they adopt when they come to the city and literally forget that they have a very important obligation to themselves to keep fit.
Because with keeping fit, it allows the individual to also maintain a healthy lifestyle and improved mentality.
The Port Moresby experience also has other side benefits in that it increases the level of interaction between city residents and creates new friendships and better, it consolidates current connections.
Obesity for many is a problem in the city and those that find themselves heading in that direction have actually benefited by taking part in the weekly Sunday Walk For Life in Port Moresby.
What it has done for many is given them a new direction in being conscious about their health, improvement in their diets raised their level of physical fitness.
The benefits of physical fitness are numerous and include better health, greater strength, more flexibility, increased energy, improved appearance, and a more positive attitude and mood.
Regular exercise can lead to both immediate and long-term benefits.
Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases.
The benefits of fitness far outweigh the inconveniences of regular exercise and are health related including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscle strength.
Physical fitness is considered a measure of the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypo kinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.
And since Kimbe has adopted the Walk For Life concept, it is not a bad idea for leaders in other main centres to do likewise.
It is a chance to rally mostly workers that live in towns to help improve their health and physical conditions in order to improve lifestyles.
The benefit of the physical fitness is endless and as such this communal activity is a good start.