1/30/2007

New Walking DVD: Moab Walk

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

I have finally finished the editing for the Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve Walk in Moab, Utah. I’m so excited! This is a different kind of exercise video for use on the treadmill. This is film of a walk around a wetlands preserve. All you have are the sounds of footsteps, birds singing and maybe even a little water (although the Utah desert is not really known for water).

Here is a glimpse of what the video is like:

Click here to see the video

I have released two similar DVDs to this in the past: Swami’s Beach and Sugarhouse Walk. The Moab Walk uses the same camera as the Sugarhouse Walk, so there are no vibration problems that might make you motion sick. One of my readers mentioned that whenever I turn the camera to one side or another, it makes her walk funny on the treadmill. She’s right, I find myself doing the same thing and grabbing the handrails to steady myself. This video does a lot of looking to the side (mostly to avoid viewing other walkers on the trail and to see the pretty wildflowers). If that is a problem for you, this video does it a lot!

Estimated Distance: 2.0 Miles
Estimated Speed: 2.3 mph
Time: 52:00 Minutes

I’m offering this workout DVD for $5 plus shipping.

Order Starling Fitness Walking Videos Here

You can see the route I walked here. The video goes around the loop twice. I tried to be crafty when I was filming it so you wouldn’t notice, but just now I realized that I have to tell you that I walked the circuit twice, so that you would know the accurate mileage.

Click here to see the walk on Google Maps

Video Description:

It was a hot day and the signs all over Moab said, “Did you remember your water?” I brought a bottle of water, but I was filming, so I couldn’t just take a swig of it. Halfway through the walk I could hear every swish it made in my backpack, wishing I could take a drink. The dry heat seemed to suck all the moisture out of my body, but the Scott Matheson Wetland Preserve was shady.

The trees protected me from the blistering sun. As I walked along the trail, I filmed wildflowers and I could even hear birds. I wanted to hide in the shade of the house at the end of the trail and watch the birds from its quiet solitude, but I was intent on walking. Investigating the little-known paths was a bonus because I found my way to Kane Creek. I turned around and walked it all over again. When I was finished, I enjoyed the red rocks and watched the off-roaders drive by.

Then I turned off my camera and gulped down all my water in one fail swoop. Should have brought two bottles…

Order Starling Fitness Walking Videos Here

For More Information about the wetlands preserve:
The Nature Conservancy in Utah – Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve

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6 Responses to “New Walking DVD: Moab Walk”

  1. Hugo Says:

    I am new to your website and absolutely love reading your articles. I am fasinated by the walking videos and as a fitness pro I am only too aware how boring the gym is. This is a great way to stimulate the mind whilst you work on the body. What with the advances in technology bringing LCD screen displays to the treadmill I can truly see this becoming the norm in most gyms. It will be so much better for your performance to watch this than any other show. Any chance you can do some running ones and maybe some cycling ones? :)

  2. Laura Moncur Says:

    Running and cycling cause so much vibration that the film is unuseable. There is a professional filming company that has made some biking videos. You can read about them here:

    Starling Fitness » Bike-O-Vision DVDs

    I have run on the treadmill with this Moab video and it works alright. It feels like I’m climbing a hill because visually I’m going so slow. I haven’t tried this video with a stationary bike, but the foray to Kane Creek would probably break your suspension of disbelief. A bike would have fallen in that water. It’s amazing I didn’t. Every time I watch that video I’m amazed that I wasn’t fishing myself out of the creek.

  3. Susan Croteau Says:

    Hi, Sorry, I deleted your email inadvertantly, I do want your new walking DVD, but give me a few days to buy. I am up to my ears and have been away from home for a few days. Maybe email the new info again. Sounds intriguing. I want to tell you that I love the DVD’s they are awesome, I find I get lost along the trails and have been able to go longer on the treadmill with them! Thanks, Susan

  4. Ray Freez Says:

    Wow, Very nice video. Anything to take your mind off the task of exercising. My wife hates using the treadmill for that reason. I’ll let her see it and if she wants it I will order it. By the way, I love your blog – good useful information.

  5. Deirdre Says:

    Just discovered your blog and looking forward to watching this dvd—I’m in Moab and it has added significance in that much of the wetland your filmed burned in a wildfire this year—including the boardwalk. The area will recover but I want to show my boys what it once was.

  6. Laura Moncur Says:

    Deirdre,

    My heart is broken! I didn’t have a chance to visit Moab more than once this last summer and it was early in the season. I didn’t know that we had lost that park to wildfire. I am so grateful that I was able to capture the beauty of that spot when it was alive and thriving.

    Thanks for the news, even though it was sad.

    Laura

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