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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 25, 2016

Greetings!

Hope everyone is managing the winter OK—though it’s difficult to complain as we watched the horrible weather hammering the East coast.  We will get a better idea of what the rest of the winter has in store for us when Pauxautawney Phil comes out next week.  Hey, don’t forget – if you are ordering GVWC gear, please email me your order by Thursday.  Do it.  Now.  Before you forget.

Special Guest

Last Saturday, we had a wonderful surprise when Neal Eiber showed up at Winans after our walk.  It had been only one and half weeks since Neil had partial knee replacment surgery.  As you can see, Neil looks great and is starting to get around again.  He is committed to getting back at it in another few weeks.  Also at Winans after our walk on Saturday were the Three Orange Musketeers: Brian, Jim, and Larry.  I guess Neal didn’t get the memo about the dress code for the morning (or Jan, Karin and Otto).

Neal is Back

three guys in orange

You Can Be a Trainer Too

Check out this About Health article written by a fitness trainer who shares her training secrets.  This list reinforces what many of us do as part of living a healthy lifestyle.  I found Tip No. 7, drinking lemon flavored water every morning, very interesting. It helps flush toxins, balances pH levels, and boosts your immunity.  And, I hope you all got your Gymboss interval timer for HIIT training (Tip No. 8).

Another Trainer Weighs In

As long as we are on the subject of trainer tips, here is an article in MindBodyGreen from a trainer who shares 7 foods he swears by.  Good stuff.

Motivation of the Week

sweat2

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all on Saturday. And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 19, 2016

Greetings!

It is cold. Enough said.  Despite Old Man Winter’s best efforts, try to keep to your workout schedule.  You may not be walking outside as much or as far, but you’ve got to keep moving.  Unless you are training for a spring marathon, this time of year is generally the maintenance phase of a yearly exercise program. It’s the perfect time to refresh, rejuvenate, and work on weak areas, such as strength or flexibility, which are easy to accomplish indoors. This week’s newsletter features important information about the weekly walking route and cancellation procedures, as well as a few Letters to the Editor regarding my comments last week on the Fitbit, and a fresh, young take on why we do what we do to be healthy.

“Weather” or Not We’re Together

Just a quick update on Saturday morning walks during the winter.  No doubt bricks are slick when wet, and especially when icy.  So, until March, we will walk from Schiller Park to the Scioto Audubon and Downtown trail, where we will only encounter bricks for one block near Stewart Elementary School.  It will be easy to vary the route from 3 to 5 miles along the trail.

Concerning cancellations: in the event of heavy snow, ice or bitterly cold temperatures, I will send an email notice cancelling the walk by 6:45am that Saturday morning.

Two Bits, Four Bits…All for the Fitbit Stand up and Holler!

There are two things I learned since writing my opinion of the Fitbit last week:  1) A lot of people love their Fitbits; and 2) I have more people reading the newsletter than I thought. Both, good things! Here are some emails I received on both sides of the issue:

From Andrew:  I really disagree with you on your Fitbit article.  I understand a Fitbit doesn’t make you fit.  But, it does give people a goal and structure when they may not have that.  If it’s a tracker that helps people to achieve their 10,000th step of the day or whatever, it actually does help people out.  Not everyone has the discipline and dedication to a healthy lifestyle, so they need “fun tools” that will help them improve a little bit at a time.  The Fitbit fills that role.   My coworker Ricky was 275+ pounds and sat at his desk all day long.  We bought him a Fitbit, and challenged him with all of the other Fitbit wearers in the office to 10K steps per day.  He lost about 40 pounds in 4 months.

Great points Drew.  No doubt there are tons of success stories.  Love you, Dad.

From Maureen:  Yes, I’m one of those Fitbit people who look at my steps and am motivated by the numbers!  It has got me up and moving many times, when pre-Fitbit Mo probably would have just been sitting on the couch…….do I get obsessive at times?….ya, probably, but I don’t look at it as a bad thing…….I’m staying with last year’s challenge of 1,000 miles, with the goal of beating my 2015 miles, and also counting my steps for this years challenge – keeping “fitness” miles (walking with a purpose) and also keeping track of my steps. I ignore the mileage on my Fitbit, just using that for total steps taken(give or take)……bottom line for me is that it’s a motivational tool to make me more aware of moving more during the day.

Thanks for your input current-Fitbit Mo!  Keep on moving!

From Laura:  I just had to respond to your newsletter – mostly because of my view that numbers aren’t why we walk. I found it ironic that you talked about people becoming too obsessed with Fitbit numbers and then followed it with the very detailed 2016 Steps Challenge requirements.  I admit I have a thing about counting anything – steps, calories, miles. People obsess too much about “checking the boxes” – I personally think you’re more likely to do something if you love it.

Thanks Laura.  I am not sure about ironic, but maybe bad timing or bad placement (or both) with putting Dr. Steph’s challenge right after the Fitbit blurb.  That was not a commentary on Dr. Steph’s challenge.  I like challenges, and wanted to promote it.

Long Term Perspective for Maintaining Good Health

Besides walking at the GVWC, we emphasize the importance of cross training to improve strength and balance.  Why?  To help improve and maintain good health and fitness for a lifetime.  Here is a video by a 28-year-old fitness trainer who is wiser beyond his years.  He put this issue in perspective brilliantly. At the end, he mentioned 58-year-olds. I cringe to think he was talking to me.   Thanks for the contribution, Darla.

How Food Relates to Overall Health

There is a free presentation by Dr. Anup Kanodia on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6pm, located at the Focused Fitness Pilates Studio in the Arena District.  Dr. Kanodia will speak about the integrated approaches to healing, specifically how food relates to overall health.  Good stuff.  Be on the look-out for more information on Focused Fitness Pilates Studio, as the GVWC may be making a side stop one Saturday morning to learn about their halo therapy room (also known as the salt room).  Thanks, Sandy Kight, for bringing this to the GVWC’s attention.

Renew Your GVWC Membership for 2016

I hope everyone will keep their GVWC membership for 2016. The renewal is $10.  A check can be made to the German Village Walking Club and mailed to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Or, if you prefer to go Old School, you can give me 10 bucks at one of our walks. I look forward to everyone continuing their GVWC membership this coming year.

Motivation of the Week

You got this, Leo!

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all on Saturday. And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

 

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 12, 2016

Greetings!

We had a strong crowd again on Saturday.  The weather outside was mild and the discussions at Winans were lively. Many of the discussion topics made it into the newsletter this week: the pluses and minuses of the Fitbit, Dr. Steph’s 2016 Fitness Challenge, and new GVWC apparel. There’s also an interesting article about how walking has been scientifically found to improve brain function.  We are heavy on content this week.  So, set aside a few minutes, and enjoy.

winans group walking past

inside winans

Fitbit to be Tied?

Not too long ago, while watching a football game on TV, I was amused by a remark the play-by-play announcer made about the head coach of one of the teams who was vigorously running up and down the sidelines. “Boy,” he said, “If that guy was wearing a Fitbit, he would probably have lost 10 pounds today!”

Wait, what? I’m pretty sure he was burning calories with or without the Fitbit.

The popularity of the Fitbit and other activity tracking devices is exploding.  You can’t go anywhere these days without people talking about their daily steps or how many more they need to get to 10,000 for the day.  Full disclosure here, I have never been a fan of the Fitbit.  I think it is a fad; a gimmick.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all about getting people moving for exercise and fitness. After all, I am part of the coolest walking club on the planet whose mission is to get more people walking to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I am all for whatever it takes, and I think many people benefit from the motivation and support a device provides that they may not have without it.  But, a Fitbit is just a tool.

There are two likely scenarios associated with owning a fitness tracking device: 1) people lose interest and throw the thing in the drawer after a few weeks or months, or 2) people get so obsessed with the readings on the device, they lose track of their original goal – to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  (Though, anyone who knows me knows even slightly knows how obsessed I can get with a fitness goal. When preparing for my first couple marathons, I was a slave to the training schedule. Not a good thing in retrospect).

My gripe with the Fitbit, which is not unlike other fitness gizmos, exercise equipment and quick-fix diets, is that I don’t want people to get caught up in a number on a gadget, which, in the end, is arbitrary.  For GVWC members, we already have the commitment and discipline to be in a regular weekly exercise program. After all, three to six days a week, we get our heart rates up in 30- to 60-minute sessions.  I don’t believe walking around the kitchen 18 times while cooking makes us any fitter.  Taking those steps isn’t strenuous to make a difference in our health or fitness. It just gives us a bigger number on a gadget.

On the other hand, for those who sit around the house or at their desk all day long, taking those extra steps is beneficial.  As my dad would say – it beats a blank.

So, let’s get back to my head football coach story.  He was running up and down the sidelines for 60 minutes.  Great exercise!  Having the Fitbit didn’t cause him to lose weight or become any fitter. Running the sidelines did.  That is part of his exercise program—his routine—every Saturday and maybe during practices, too.  The activity makes the coach fit, not the Fitbit.  In the end, it is up to each one us to make exercise a routine – Fitbit or not.

The New York Times recently published a great article that discusses the benefits and “the dark side” of the Fitbit.

2016 Steps Challenge

Our very own Walk With a Doc, Dr. Steph Ladson-Wofford, has a new challenge for 2016.  Her 2015 challenge of 1,000 miles for the year was a great success.  This one is even more challenging and has gained lots of excitement.  Since I am getting this announcement out two weeks late, anyone who joins can get a 4% correction to their final results. (I hope that is ok Dr. Steph!)

The Challenge?  Three Million steps for the year!!  That is an average of 8,500 steps per day.  Plus, you must also get in 72 hours of cross training, such as Pilates, weight-training, Zumba, etc. (Man cannot live healthy by steps alone!)

So, if you want to enter the challenge (you will need some type of activity tracking device), email Dr. Steph at ladsonwofford.1@gmail.com  for details and helpful hints to the challenge.  It will make those Saturday morning commitments to the GVWC that much more important.

Can you imagine? 3,000,000 steps in one year!

New GVWC Apparel Available

In the next week or so, please be on the lookout for a special GVWC email with order form for additional GVWC apparel.  I will be placing t-shirt orders for new members (I already have your sizes), and all members will have chance to order those shirts, plus a long-sleeve version, hoodie, and a 3-season jacket.  The email will show samples of the garments with prices.  So, if you are thinking of joining the Club, this is a great time to get your t-shirt with your membership, and a chance to order additional garb.

Thinking With Your Feet

I thought the expression was “thinking on your feet,” meaning the ablility to think quickly to provide a correct answer or solution.  Now, maybe the expression should be to “thinking with your feet.”  You will see what I mean by this very interesting article in Columbus Business First (and submitted to me by Nancy Traub) about how we all can keep our brains in top form by walking.  Here is the article with a video.  It gets a little scientific, but I like the conclusions. Thanks, Nancy, for the contribution!

Renew Your GVWC Membership for 2016

I hope everyone will keep their GVWC membership for 2016. The renewal is $10.  A check can be made to the German Village Walking Club and mailed to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Or, if you prefer to go Old School, you can give me 10 bucks at one of our walks. I look forward to everyone continuing their GVWC membership this coming year.

Motivation of the Week

you and limit

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all on Saturday. And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 5, 2016

Greetings!

We had a great start to the New Year on Saturday.  Led by Maureen, our cold-but-hearty walk this week included running up and down any stairs we came across—from Coleman’s Point along the Scioto Trail to North Bank Park Pavilion and, as pictured below, back through the Statehouse grounds.  Climbing stairs is part of some of the fitness challenges you may be hearing about in 2016.  Particularly, look for more information in upcoming GVWC newsletters for a new challenge to run (or walk) the up 40 flights at the Rhodes Tower, the tallest building in Columbus.

steps State House

Too Cold Outside?  Worried Your Lungs Will Freeze?  Think Again…

This article from the Mind Body Green touts the benefits of exercising outdoors during cold weather.  For me, the biggest benefit is No. 3 – improving my mood.  Brisk air is refreshing and it makes me feel tougher being out in it. Sometimes I get an added bonus if there is a snow flurry coming down early in the morning with the street lights in the background.  Those are my winter wonderland / snow globe moments.  As mentioned in the article, however, the cold may require your heart to work harder than normal, so you must check with your doctor to determine if that is an issue for you.

We can add another advantage to walking during cold weather – hanging out Saturdays mornings after our walks at Winans for great coffee and company!

coffee

Looking to Lose Weight?  61 Tips

Men’s Health Magazine recently shared 61 ideas for losing weight.  These are all great suggestions, and I particularly like No. 39.  Though I bet you are already doing many of these, seeing this list helps reinforce what you are already accomplishing.

Looking to Lose Weight?  61 Tips –Part Deux

Adding my own spin to the above article, as suggested, you need to start small.  I couldn’t agree more.  In fact, I say pick just ONE of these ideas—or any other healthy idea—and incorporate it into your life for ONE month until it becomes second nature.  Then you’ll know it has been instilled as a habit.  Otherwise, if you try to do too much, too fast, you may get overwhelmed, frustrated and then end up accomplishing nothing.  Just think, if you incorporate one healthy change per month, you will have 12 more healthy habits by the end of the year!  I am confident if you incorporate 12 healthy changes over the course of 2016, you will be much healthier than you are today.

How Food Relates to Overall Health

There is a free presentation by Dr. Anup Kanodia on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6pm, located at the Focused Fitness Pilates Studio in the Arena District.  Dr. Kanodia will speak about the integrated approaches to healing, specifically how food relates to overall health.  Good stuff.  Be on the look-out for more information on Focused Fitness Pilates Studio, as the GVWC may be making a side stop one Saturday morning to learn about their halo therapy room (also known as the salt room).  Thanks, Sandy Kight, for bringing this to the GVWC’s attention.

Renew Your GVWC Membership for 2016

2015 has been a terrific first year for the GVWC. The enthusiasm for the club has exceeded my expectations. We already have more than 50 official members with 12 to 15 of you coming out to walk on a regular basis—and in December!  Considering that dedication comes when folks tend to take time off from fitness, it’s pretty impressive. Let’s keep it going in 2016. The GVWC membership renewal fee is just $10. A check can be made to the German Village Walking Club and mailed to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Or, if you prefer to go Old School, you can give me 10 bucks at one of our walks. I look forward to everyone continuing their GVWC membership this coming year.

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If you haven’t already, be sure to LIKE the German Village Walking Club on Facebook and SHARE the weekly GVWC newsletters to your Facebook Friends—a small gesture that dramatically helps us increase our reach.

Motivation of the Week

be happy

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all on Saturday. and as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

 

Larry

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