Abigail is an inspiration to the Wheeling Walks 30
Minutes or More Challenge! Although she is 90 years
old and uses a walker, Abigail still walks 1½
miles a day! Her total walking time is 30 - 40 minutes
and she walks faithfully every day! She looks forward
to her walking and feels that it's something she can
do for herself!
has always been interested in exercise. Abigail said
that as a teenager, she walked everywhere (partly
because it was during the depression and didn't have
money to ride), but she also liked to swim (and still
does), roller skate & ice skate. Even before there
was a lot of talk about the benefits of exercise,
Abigail would clip articles from the newspaper about
really motivated Abigail was her bout in the hospital
last year when she had a combination heart attack,
congestive heart failure and pneumonia. She wasn't
expected to live. She read all the pamphlets the hospital
gave her about her condition and particularly zeroed
in on the importance of exercise. She continued her
exercises that the hospital physical therapist gave
her, even after she was released.
last February, when she was in the hospital, until
July, she had worked her way up to almost an hour
of exercise. Now she encourages the people at Welty
Home, where she lives, to also walk for their health.
When asked if she wanted to add anything to this article,
Abigail said she wanted to emphasize how "invigorating"
walking it is to walk and also that she felt the Heritage
trail was a very safe place to walk.
questioned about her love of walking, Abigail gave
the following answers:
do you walk? I walk to keep healthy. And even at 90
I need to keep my ideal weight.
do you love walking? I love to walk because it is
easy to do and also because there is no expensive
equipment to buy.
is your toughest obstacle to walking? Because I use
a walker, cracked or uneven sidewalks can be an obstacle.
It is also dangerous to walk where there are wet leaves,
snow, and ice.
is your best advice for new walkers? New walkers should
begin slowly. It is important that they have good
walking shoes, and comfortable clothing.
is the coolest benefit of walking? Walking keeps my
body in good health but it also keeps my mind healthy
too! Walking is also a way to meet many people that
are interested in the same benefits from walking that
I am. Even at 90 - it isn't too late to meet new people!
is your biggest surprise about walking? I am always
surprised at the good feelings I
get after I exercise. You are never too old to want
to feel good.
she is 90 years old, we can all relate to Abigail's
walking experience. Some days everyone feels too tired
to walk. But if Abigail can keep up her routine at
90 - how hard can it be for the rest of us? Meeting
people is another GREAT benefit of walking. The numerous
trails in the Wheeling area make it a great place
to socialize and meet people who have the same interests
as you. Walk with a friend, walk alone, just WALK
- 30 minutes a day almost every day.