It was cool and damp early Saturday morning when Andrea and I set up the GVWC booth at the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative 5K, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. Our 22-member Passion Team rocked the walk. Thank you all for attending, and thanks to Otto and Christie for leading the group to the event. Congrats to the AAWWI for bringing out 20,000 people to raise awareness about the health issues of African American men. A special thanks to John Gregory, the Founder of the AAMWWI, (and his team – Chad Anderson, Narahari Luke, Perry Gregory, and Deveone White) for recognizing the GVWC at the Walk Celebration last Thursday night with a “Going the Extra Mile” award – only 1 of the 80 vendors for the event receiving the award.
While we had more than a few curious looks—it must be our cool and colorful shirts!—we had lots of interest at our booth from people eager to learn more about the GVWC. Welcome to all the new GVWC e-newsletter subscribers. We hope you will come walk with us on Saturday mornings.
Especially for our new subscribers, this week we put two articles in the newsletter: 1. Why joining a fitness group significantly increases your fitness success rate, and 2. The 10 health benefits of starting a walking program. Also, in the newsletter this week:
- Exercise Trends in 2017
- Winner of GVWC t-shirt at AAMWWI 5K
- Yoga Class Opportunity
- Next Brunch at Valters – Saturday, August 26 – Need Your RSVP
Here are a few pictures from the AAMWWI on Saturday.
Want To Have A Successful Exercise Program? Do This One Thing.
For me, there is no doubt that the number 1 reason I have maintained a consistent and successful fitness routine is that I have a fitness partner, my wife, Andrea. Although Andrea is a runner and I walk (as we like to joke, we are in a “mixed marriage”), we have the same weekly fitness routine. We’re out during the week at the same time. We do our long miles on the same day, and we usually enjoy our recovery meal together as we discuss our routes, the challenges with our outings, and all the interesting things along the way. Many times, when my motivation for getting out is low, knowing that she is going out motivates me to get going. In the end, I never regret dragging my lazy butt out to walk. Never.
Likewise, clubs like the GVWC offer the same success rate for maintaining consistent exercise regimes, which is just one of the advantages of belonging. For me, I know the group is there waiting on me. I depend on them as much as they depend on me. Plus, I have so much fun with everybody. You keep me motivated!
Here is an article from the Experience L!fe blog, the author Wayne Andersen, MD, cofounder and medical director of Take Shape for Life, a nationwide health and lifestyle coaching program based in Owings Mills, Md. Dr. Anderson says: “In my 10 years of experience evaluating what creates long-term health-and-fitness success, the single most important factor is having a support system.” I couldn’t agree more.
Top 10 Reasons to Start Walking
One of the three tenets of the AAMWWI is to “Move More.” At the GVWC, we couldn’t agree more. The health benefits of starting and maintaining a regular exercise program are amazing. Walking is an easy, affordable and effective way to jump-start your fitness program. As this article from the Very Well blog states, by walking 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week, you can live longer, reduce your risk to most major diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and cancer), improve your brain power, lower stress, and improve your mood. Good luck finding a pill to do all that for you!
2017 Fitness Trends
You want to make sure you are part of the “cool fitness crowd” this year, right? Then check out this article from the MindBodyGreen blog. No 2 is way cool.
Winner of the GVWC T-Shirt at AAMWWI
Congratulations to DeAngelo Tatum, who won the raffle for the GVWC t-shirt! Hope to see you wearing it out with the group on Saturday mornings!
Yoga Class with the Buckeye Striders
The Buckeye Striders are hosting a yoga class for race walkers at Burn Within Yoga in Grove City. They have invited the GVWC, though space is limited. Here are the details:
Saturday, September 9th from 1:30 pm.-3:30 p.m.
$25.00 or less (depending on the number of people participating)
Only 10 mats are available – recommended that participants bring their own if they have one.
Burn Within Yoga: 2126 Stringtown Road, Grove City, OH 43123
Please email Cindi Leeman of the Buckeye Striders directly if interested. RSVP by August 22 if you will participate.
Brunch at Valters
The GVWC is headed back to Valters, one of our great Club partners, after our walk on Saturday, August 26. Please email me by THIS FRIDAY if you plan to attend. Thanks!
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all Saturday morning. Until then, whatever you, do finish strong!