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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday Weigh In - Winter Walking

I sat down to the computer intending to brag how a few years back a friend and I vowed to walk every work day, all winter long, in every kind of weather.  And we did.  And today I walked my dog a mile, despite a 32-degree windchill.

I titled this post "Nanook of the North" - thinking Nanook was an urban legend.  I quickly discovered he was a very real, very hardy and resourceful man.  Viewed in light of Nanook's life, my walking accomplishments are microscopic.  And so, I changed the title of this post.

"Nanook of the North" was the first ever documentary, filmed in the 1920s.  In fact, the word "documentary" was not yet coined.  Seriously, you HAVE to see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLERFRQl5EY

How many people and critters came out of the kayak?  Unbelievable!  The women were no slackers either. Someone had to sew all those pelts together to make their warm garb.  I like Nyla's oversized hood that doubles as a baby backpack.

Lesson of the Day - If we arm ourselves with knowledge, many layers of warm clothing and perserverance, we can stay active, even under adverse conditions. (Or at least hit the treadmill!)

To learn more about winter walking, see:
http://walking.about.com/od/cold/a/coldwalking.htm

To learn more about Nanook, see:
http://media.www.ricethresher.org/media/storage/paper1290/news/2010/10/01/Entertainment/Classic.Flicks.Flahertys.Nanook.Of.The.North-3939165.shtml

3 comments:

Stephanie said...

Chris, this is hysterical! I love it. I have been afraid to walk in the winter and kill myself. I think I might just have to hit the recumbant instead. Good going this week. Steph

Deanna said...

Visiting from WWI.

I, too, have been worried about keeping up my exercise level with a Northern Utah Winter bearing down upon us. Thanks for the link.

Micki said...

That's why they make elliptical riders...LOL
Micki