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Step by step: Summerside woman walks to the front of the pack

Hennie Lispett, right, walked more than 300,000 steps in August and won the City of Summerside's Strut Your Stuff program. She takes a break with Krista Shields, who ran the program.
Hennie Lispett, right, walked more than 300,000 steps in August and won the City of Summerside's Strut Your Stuff program. She takes a break with Krista Shields, who ran the program. - Contributed
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

A Summerside woman walked more than 300,000 steps to win the city’s Strut your Stuff contest this summer.

For the month of August, Hennie Lispett was part of the twice-weekly walk on the Summerside Boardwalk. 

“It was something for us to do while everything was slowed down,” said Lispett.

Lispett, 80, walks or visits the gym – or both – every day. She called the monthly total of 301,323 steps normal.

She and a friend head to the gym regularly to hit the weights and TRX equipment.

“We go to the gym three mornings a week and then after our workout we walk for an hour,” said Lispett.  “It’s nice to have somebody to work out with, you seem like you work harder.”

Lispett has been active all her life and likes walking the best. 

“It’s easy and it’s cheap. All you need is a good pair of sneakers.”

Lispett has won a one-month membership to Credit Union Place for strutting her stuff in August.


Did you know?

Here are some benefits of walking:

  1. Improve circulation
  2. Shore up your bones
  3. Enjoy a longer life
  4. Lighten your mood
  5. Lose weight
  6. Strengthen muscles
  7. Improve sleep
  8. Support your joints
  9. Improve your breath
  10. Slow down mental decline
  11. Lower Alzheimer’s risk
  12. Do more for longer

Source: arthritis.org


The structured program helped people get out and stay active safely during the pandemic said Mitch Shea, marketing and promotions co-ordinator with the city.

The Strut Your Stuff program was run by Krista Shields two mornings a week for 45 minutes.

“It provided two nice avenues to help people stay healthy – physically and socially,” said Shea.

Lispett agrees.

“I live by myself and I get very bored sitting at home so, if I get bored, I go out for a walk,” she said. “It’s my social time.”

Alison Jenkins is a local journalism initiative reporter, a position funded by the federal government, working in Prince County. 

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