Profiles in courage |

Profiles in courage

Eileen JoyceMary Ellison (left) and Evelyn Hunt work out at the South Yuba Club in Nevada City on Wednesday.
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Maybe it’s easy for young athletes, but for most of us “regular” people, being fit is an ongoing battle. With aging, medical issues complicate our intent. Nonetheless, two friends, Mary Ellison, 80, and Evelyn Hunt, 67, are determined to succeed.

Mary, a retired nurse, once enjoyed hiking and backpacking. After being widowed, her job and home responsibilities drove out fitness. Evelyn, with a lifelong weight problem, played tennis before she stopping exercising.

Using the QUEST program as catalyst, they now work out together three times a week. Keeping each other on track is a key benefit of their exercise partnership. Covering the expense isn’t easy, but both feel the sacrifice forces a commitment. Six weeks into their program, each sees subtle improvements in stamina and strength. Courage to begin – despite their age and obstacles – sets these two apart.

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