The Minister of Youth and Sports Development and President-In-Office AUSC Region 2, Sunday Dare has called on Nigerians to engage in walking as part of their daily routine exercise in order to promote and sustain healthy living
The Minister made the call on Sunday during the celebration of the TAFISA World Walking Day in Abuja.
He was represented by the Deputy Director Monetary and Planning in the ministry, Mr Shegun Akilotun noted that the importance of walking as part of daily exercise cannot be neglected.
The Minister therefore enjoined Nigerians to key into the global awareness on walking to improve their lives and live healthier and longer.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development encourages citizens to constantly develop the habit of living an active life-style through participation in sport. I am therefore highly honoured and delighted to address you all on this auspicious occasion of flag off the TAFISA World Walking Day 2020, which is a strategic approach to act one of the mandates, vision and mission of the Ministry.
“As we take part in the World Walking Day 2020, let it serve as a spring board to inculcate the habit of keeping physically active through regular walking and engaging in any sport physical activity of our choice.
“The benefits of walking cannot be overemphasized. There are many different ways that walking can help. Constant practice of this form of exercise is critical in maintaining the weight. They said that weight loss is not a walk in the park.
“However, an hour of walking a day will surely help you manage numerous conditions which include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Walking may look simple but you cannot underestimate its effects.
“When you are stressed out or sad, a short walk can help you a lot in improving your mood. The reality is you do not need a complex rout to shed some weight. Physical activities can be simple yet very effective. Something that as easy as brisk walk, can already make your life healthier. The farther, faster and frequent you do brisk walking, the better,” the minister said.
Also speaking, the President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel, commended the Africa Union Sports Council Region 2 and the Ministry of youth and sports development for keying into this year’s event.
He noted that the event is geared towards creating more awareness to the fight against the novel coronavirus adding that with regular walking exercise, Nigerians and the global community will live a good and longer life span.