I’ve occasionally added images of competive Nordic Walkers and people who have remained committed to being active and staying fit. Their dedication is certainly inspiring. But inspiring in another way are two Utah women who were featured on KSL-TV, Channel 5 in Salt Lake City
Reporter Samantha Hayes said that these two women (right), who “‘admit to being ‘out of shape” are leading the way in a new exercise. One weighs more than 300 pounds while the other has type-two diabetes. But those challenges, along with a sense of humor, helped them discover something called Nordic Walking.
“This is a total body workout, although at first Nordic Walking is a sport that looks like something is missing. Donna Mirabile and Elizabeth Foote are used to friendly jabs. They know their workout may look a little odd, but it does work. And with chronic medical problems, that’s something both of them are excited about.”
Elizabeth Foote, one of the two Nordic Walkers, told KSL, “The first time I did this I went out three times. My blood sugar dropped 20 points. So that got my attention. The fact my knees didn’t hurt got my attention. I could breathe and talk while I did this and that got my attention.”
Reporter Hayes continued, “The key to the workout is the walking stick, engineered by a company in Germany, the Leki has a rubber foot on the end that helps the women balance and reduces impact. Nordic Walking also burns more calories. At 340 pounds, it’s about the only exercise Donna Mirabile says she can do comfortably. She has lost weight and seen other health benefits.”
Donna Mirabile, the other plus-size Nordic Walker, said, “My last blood pressure was 120 over 60; cholesterol went from 256 to 143.”
Hayes reported that Foote and Mirabile were trained by Leki ane they, in turn have been trained to instruct Nordic Walking themselves. The station evidently saw the same Wall Street Journal piece featuring these two women that I referenced here two days ago.
“Mirabile and Foote say it’s exercising for the un-fit. And it turns out that’s the biggest selling point!” was the reporter’s conclusion. Click on the link to the segment to see for yourself what fabulous examples they are setting.