Every morning and evening on weekdays and weekends Lewella-Pollgolla riverside road (Dutagamunu Mawatha) is a lively place. Groups of youths run up and down along the Mahawali riverside while elderly people jog and walk. The objectives of this research are to identify the knowledge in exercises, attitudes and behaviors of the adults and the possible changes to the riverside road that would encourage more people to use this place more effectively. A mixed methodology was adopted in the study containing participant observation, informal discussions and questionnaire for the data collection.
The research sample consists of 74 (N=74) adults having 48 men 26 women aged between 23-78 years who were regular users of this road as walkers or joggers. The research findings showed that 65% accepted exercise was “the best thing” for good health to maintain a good health. 71% placed highest importance on moderate exercise while (92%) who believed that a person of their age should exercise at least twice weekly, take necessary steps to maintain good health such as having their blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked (93%), discussed health issues with a doctor (72%), attempting to control weight loss/gain (78%), and trying to manage stress (77%). Most of them had exercised “fairly regularly” (54%) or “occasionally” (46%) during the course of their lives. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the sample was in “very good” health had exercised “regularly” or “fairly regularly” denoting a clear link between regular exercise and health. Further, this research reveals that the sample had done exercise in many forms while walking (88%) and moderate physical activity (53%) being the most popular. According to the participant observation and informal discussions riverside road is should be developed for the betterment of the users. They suggested that the Kandy Municipal Council should establish a standard walking path like in Colombo city providing safety and recreational facilities to motivate people to use this environment effectively. Finally, this research brings forward a model structure for the walking path for this place upon the responses made by the exercisers of Dutugamunu Mawatha. This would lead towards the concept of “Better City-Better Life”.