Get mobile, get fit at Hope Park

2016-10-06 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Raj Naganna (right) addresses participants at the start of the walk.

PHOTO: supplied Raj Naganna (right) addresses participants at the start of the walk.

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WHEN it comes to promoting health and fitness in the community, Raj Naganna is the man to speak to.

The veteran marathon athlete initiated the Hope Walk that takes place every­ Thursday at 5.30pm at Hope Park in Marburg.

The purpose of the walk is to encourage the community to get fit and lead a healthy lifestyle.

“There are too many people with diabetes and this can be prevented and/or controlled with a healthy diet and regular exercise,” he said.

Naganna added that parents should encourage their children to get involved in the walk as there are many cases of child obesity as well.

“Parents are reluctant to let their children play outside due to crime and safety issues, but this is a perfect and safe way to get your children outside and get them active,” he said.

Although it is only a one kilometre circuit, it consists of gentle rises and slopes, which walkers are allowed to complete as many times as they wish. Participants can either walk or jog - whatever suits their fitness level.

Last Thursday, 54 people showed up for the walk in the park in Dairy Road.

Children, adults and seniors gathered to make this an exciting event.

“I’d like to see this number increase weekly and encourage everyone to bring their friends and family,” he said.

“This will be the start of exciting activities in the park and those who complete 10 walks will receive a medal.”

Naganna said once the walk heads towards a steady pace, he will also introduce mountain bike riding at the park.

Hope Park, an unused vacant piece of land, is a community park project which Pastor Reggie John got off the ground. A number of sponsors and volunteers have contributed to the success of the park over the years.

Anyone interested in joining the group, can contact Naganna on 083 555 5021 or John on 082 822 7399.

Remember to wear comfortable running shoes.

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