Age and fit­ness go well to­gether

The New Paper - - NEWS - ARUL JOHN

Older walk­ers are seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the Big Walk this year

The Na­tional Steps Chal­lenge The New Pa­per Big Walk this year will not be the first for re­tired postal ser­vice em­ployee Kanan Gu­nasagaran.

He joined the Big Walk in 2000 and 2003, when it was held at the Na­tional Sta­dium.

Mr Gu­nasagaran, 82, told The New Pa­per: “Sadly, I do not have many pho­to­graphs of these events.

“Back when I was younger and more fit, I used to walk and jog be­tween 5km and 6km daily.

“But due to knee prob­lems, I now cover the same dis­tance three or four times a week in­stead. The ex­er­cise keeps me alert, fit and healthy.”

He wants to “en­cour­age friends, and es­pe­cially my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, to join me in my walks and jogs”.

He said: “This is es­pe­cially since the Prime Min­is­ter (Mr Lee Hsien Loong) has urged all Sin­ga­pore­ans, in his Na­tional Day Rally speech, to have healthy life­styles and fight di­a­betes.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the Big Walk as it will be a great time of fun with friends and fam­ily.”

Mr Lim Hoo Hong, 73, is tak­ing part in this year’s Big Walk with his wife and son.

It is his first Big Walk, but he is con­fi­dent that he can com­plete the course.

Mr Lim, who is self-em­ployed, said: “I have been care­ful about my health and life­style for over 30 years. I walk about 7km ev­ery day and prac­tise taiji with my friends ev­ery morn­ing.”

Re­tiree Phang Chin Foo, 78, first took part in the Big Walk in 2000, and this year’s will be his 10th one.

“I do not let my age get in the way of a healthy life­style. I have al­ways be­lieved in eat­ing healthy food, and eat­ing less pro­cessed food,” he said.

“I want to stay healthy as it will be very ex­pen­sive if one falls sick in Sin­ga­pore.”

Mr Phang will be tak­ing part in this year’s Big Walk with two friends, aged 68 and 75.

He said: “The Big Walk is a healthy and leisurely ac­tiv­ity that ev­ery­body can do.”

anathan@sph.com.sg

TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG

Mr Kanan Gu­nasagaran.

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