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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | February 23, 2016

Greetings!

Last week, I started the newsletter with, “Yep, it’s winter.” This week: Nope, doesn’t seem like it. For sure the 60 degrees on Saturday felt an awful lot like spring.  We will take it!

Two main things to focus on this week in the newsletter:  1) You have one more, short time opportunity to get a GVWC jacket (by this Saturday), and 2) email me if you are interested in a free private Pilates session at focused fitness.  Here is the group this week, minus the photographer:

 

Feb 20 Club Picture (1)

Great Response

After our walk on Saturday, I distributed the new GVWC gear.  There was lots of great feedback regarding the new GVWC jackets from those who didn’t order one.  Therefore, I am opening up another order.  If interested, please email me your order (germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com) by this Saturday, February 27.  The jackets, which come in men’s and women’s sizes, are fitted. (You may find this size chart helpful.) The jackets are $85 each. Checks should be made to German Village Walking Club and mailed to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Or give the check to me on Saturday.

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Private Pilates Sesson – focused fitness

The person who won the raffle at focused fitness was not able to use the Pilates session certificate.  So, please email me atgermanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com if you wanted to be entered into the “redrawing.”  Next Saturday at Winans after our walk I will draw a new name.  You do not need to be present to win. But, darn it, don’t you think you should be present?

Improving Walking Techniques

I talk a lot about “walking with purpose.” We don’t all have to be race walkers, but when we are our walking for exercise, we should be walking as if we have some place to be. Hence, walking with purpose.  To help improve our technique, efficiency and speed, here is an article from the About Health blog discussing the 10 things NOT to do when walking.  They are good recommendations for improving our walking technique. I think the two most important ones to help us all walk with purpose is No. 5 to use your arms more (held at 90 degrees and drive your elbows back); and No. 4, to get better foot action, land on your heel and roll from heel to toe, with a toe push off.  The foot exercises that we did at focused fitness will help with foot action.

Now, to support the improved walking techniques discussed in the About Health article, here is an article from the BodyRockTV blog.  Although this blog is quite different than the other one, I like the results of the scientific study referenced.  By using better walking techniques, we can increase speed by 24%, improve posture, and achieve a 15% fat loss around the middle.  One note about this blog, it certainly has people in it that you probably have never seen in real life. It is, however, one of my go-to resources for HIIT workouts (i.e., high intensity interval training). I swear – it’s all about the exercises!

Race Entrance Fees Increases March 1

Just a quick reminder to let you know that race entrance fees go up March 1 for the Cap City Half Marathon, Columbus Marathon, andBountiful Gifts Half Marathon.  (Thanks Karin for the reminder!)

Motivation of the Week

Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and

you’ll start believing in it.

– Jesse Owens

 

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 | February 16, 2016

Greetings!

Yep, it’s winter.  And, our GVWC winter apparel has arrived just in time.  I will have your orders for pickup Saturday morning at Winans after our walk.  But, if you don’t want to fight the crowds, I will also be at Winans Friday night between 6:30pm and 7:00pm to distribute the goods.

The newsletter this week has a couple interesting articles – one profiles another talented GVWC member while the other offers suggestions on how to cut back on sugar—my biggest challenge, for sure.

Columbus Monthly Columnist

Many of you know that Jeff Darbee and his wife, Nancy Recchie, joined the GVWC last fall.  Jeff and Nancy are preservationists and historians. What you may not know about Jeff is that for several years now he has been writing the City Quotient column, found on the last page of Columbus Monthly, highlighting the City’s history and architecture.  At the end of Jeff’s January column he wrote about the history of the former Union Station Arch, which is now placed prominently at the entrance to McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District (see drawing below). In the column, he pondered if a plaque could be placed near the Arch to tell of its history—particularly the story of how the Arch was saved.  In February’s Columbus Monthly, Jeff became part of a story. In the Editor’s Column, editor Eric Lyttle mentioned how Jeff’s challenge of creating a plaque for the Arch was met with a great response from the City’s Recreation and Parks Department. Indeed, there will be a movement to raise money for the plaque. Congratulations Jeff! First, for being part of the original committee to preserve the Arch, and then for initiating the placement of a plaque to educate residents and visitors on the story of its preservation.

To catch more interesting history on buildings and historic places in Columbus, check out City Quotient every month in Columbus Monthly.  Of course, you can also catch with him on our walks, and ask about all the cool buildings and monuments as we pass by!

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Hooked on Sugar

One of my biggest nutrition challenges is cutting back on my consumption of sugar.  Even though I strive toward healthy eating, I know there are many, many things I eat that contain excessive amounts of refined sugar.  If you have trouble like me, here is an article from the Washington Post explaining sugar cravings, the amount of refined sugar to shoot for per day, and tips on how to reduce sugar consumption.  The article says the goal should be to consume no more than 40 grams of sugar per day.  One thing I have done is add fresh strawberries to plain Greek yogurt as opposed to buying single serving fruit at the bottom yogurts.  That right there cuts my consumption from 15 grams of sugar to down to six.  It’s a start.

New GVWC Partner – Larrimer & Larrimer

The GVWC welcomes the law firm of Larrimer & Larrimer as our latest Club partner.  As with the Club’s goal of being part of the community, Larrimer & Larrimer is a family owned law firm with a history of about 90 years in downtown Columbus, specializing in workers compensation.  Thank you, L&L, and Darla Kaikis, partner.

Bountiful Gifts 5K/10K/Half Marathon – June 4

Get your calendars out – here is a walkers only race located in Massillon, Ohio June 4.  It is the inaugural event and provides three race distances.  Thanks, Cindy Wildman, for calling it to our attention.

Motivation of the Week

Be a Good One

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 | February 9, 2016

Greetings!

It seems like we’ve been living on borrowed time this winter. This week, if the forecast is correct, winter may finally catch up with us.  We enjoyed another great weekend of mild weather—the bright sunshine and blue skies made walking all the more enjoyable. The Club also enjoyed a visit to Focused Fitness on Saturday as highlighted below.  You will also read about some of the very talented individuals that we, the GVWC, have in our midst. Plus there is information on how to never be a benchwarmer again.  Lots of good stuff to read. Get going!

Focused Fitness – A Focus on our Feet

Thanks to Emily Smith (no, the other one) for graciously hosting the Club at her Focused Fitness Studio. Emily provided a mini clinic for foot wellness to 13 GVWC members. We used footwakers to stretch and stimulate all areas of our feet.  It seemed to work out quite well for me because after the exercises, my feet felt stimulated and more energized.  For a walker—and particularly a racewalker—the power and energy we generate to propel us forward comes directly from the “action” in our feet. Unlike runners, who can spring into the air for power and speed, racewalkers rely solely (no pun intended) on our feet to efficiently power us down the road. We must strike the ground first with our heels, roll through our feet, then push off on our toes.  The exercise Emily led us through definitely helps with improving flexibility for better “foot action.”

Emily also pointed out the other equipment at her studio—used for Pilates to yoga and other therapies.  We saw the salt room, where halotherapy provides relief from fatigue, seasonal affective disorder, colds, respiratory issues, arthritis, psoriasis, and a host of other ailments related to lethargy, breathing, joint pain, and the skin.

Emily held a raffle for the group. Lucky GVWC members won a private Pilates session, a salt room therapy session, and a set of footwakers.  Again, Emily thanks so much for your hospitality and generosity.  Emily may host a Pilates session for us down the road.  And, please check out the Focused Fitness website.  As Sandy from the GVWC says, Focused Fitness is her playground!  Below is a picture of Emily providing instruction to the group.

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Innovative Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

GVWC members Drs. Shilpa Padia and Bridget O’Brien, Mount Carmel breast surgeon oncologists, are Central Ohio’s exclusive providers of the Single Dose Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for breast cancer.  What does that mean?  Instead of the standard 4 to 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments after surgery, the patient is given ONE dose at the time of surgery. One dose total!  That is so amazing, and it is a great innovation and improvement in patient care.  The duo completed their first surgery using the new technology last week.  Congratulations Shilpa and Bridget on this exciting and important work!

Dr padia obrien surgery

Bridget and Shilpa in the operating room.

From Science to Art

There will be an “An Artist Opening Reception” held in honor of fine artist (and GVWC member) Chuck Marshall to mark the occasion of his first solo show at Hayley Gallery in New Albany on Saturday, March 12 from 5pm to 9pm.  The reception is free.  The Hayley Gallery showcases Ohio artists from many different media.  You can find more information at Chuck Marshall Fine Art. Congratulations Chuck, and we look forward to seeing your work on March 12.  Another very talented GVWC member!  Below is a picture of one of Chuck’s works.

Chuck picture

Riding the Bench

Anyone who has played team sports knows that “riding the bench” is not a flattering term. But don’t take those park benches for granted as we pass them in Schiller park, at the Scioto-Audubon, or on the Scioto Trail downtown.  They can be used to create quite a workout.  Although this particular workout is from Mens Health Magazine, GVWC “affiliate-member,” Andrea Applegate, has kicked my butt on many occassions when she challenges me to a workout she she affectionately terms the “Mile of Misery.”  You probably didn’t realize it, but there are eight benches along the trail at the Scioto Audubon from which to do decline pushups, box jumps, lunges, single-leg squats, and leg raises.  Coming this spring, Andrea promises (threatens) to lead a group through its paces on the Mile of Misery.  Oh, and you’re not done after you run out of benches. She makes you sprint a quarter mile to the railroad tressle. Whew…!

Motivation of the Week

no matter

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 | February 2, 2016

Greetings!

The warm weather this weekend was a nice respite from the typical misery of winter. And, we got good news today when Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow.  Early spring!  With the warm weather, we had a terrific turnout last weekend. Below is a picture of the Club on the Scioto Audubon path.  Please note: this coming Saturday we have a field trip to Focused Fitness, which is located across Nationwide Blvd. from Huntington Ballpark. There, we will check out their halotherapy (salt room) and other cool, holistic practices.  Stated another way, you will not find us at Schiller Park at 8am on Saturday morning. We will be at Focused Fitness at 8am – get there a little early. After visiting Focused Fitness, we’ll get in a terrific four-mile walk on paths around Confluence Park and on the west side of the river. Check out details below.

Thanks to everyone who ordered GVWC apparel.  The order should be arrive in a couple weeks.  If you have not paid, make sure you mail me your check by February 4.  That goes for any $10 2016 membership renewals too.

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Field Trip to Focused Fitness THIS Saturday

As I mentioned, we will not meet at Schiller this Saturday. Instead, we have been invited by Emily Smith (not my daughter) who owns Focused Fitness Wellness Center for a tour.  They are located at 272 Hanover Street, off of Nationwide Blvd across from Huntington Ball Park. There’s so much to see, from Halotherapy to Yamuna Body Logic on the WELLNESS side and Pilates, Yoga and the WAVE Machine on the MOVEMENT side. Fascinating!  And, Emily will take us through a 10-minute foot therapy demonstration.  Please email me if you plan to attend germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com.

After spending about a half hour at Focused Fitness, we’ll take advantage of seeing Downtown Columbus from a different perspective. Rather than being the midpoint, this time we’ll start near North Bank Park. We’ll head west on the Scioto Trail toward Confluence Park. We’ll follow the signs along the Scioto Trail toward Souder Avenue, cross the bridge (check out the Orange Barrel offices and monster billboard!) and then back on the trail toward COSI (how amazing does Downtown look from here!). From there, we’ll come up street-level, cross Broad Street, then travel north on the trail. You’ll know how to get back to North Bank Park and Focused Fitness from here because this is where we normally walk. Rest assured, I will do my running back and forth, so no one will get lost.  I promise.

Creating Healthy Habits

They say that it takes four weeks to create a new habit. A healthy lifestyle is based on having many healthy habits.  With the New Year, many of you may have started some healthy practices. How many of you have stuck with those activities?  Have they become habits?  If so, please email me details of what the practice was, how easy or difficult it was to incorporate into your daily routine, and whether or not this Healthy Habit has impacted your life.  If you add just one healthy activity per month—making them habits—imagine how amazing you will feel with 12 new healthy habits by the end of the year!

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Chronic inflammation is not good for your body.  Some foods help boost your immune system to reduce or eliminate inflammation. This article from About Health contains 15 inflammation-fighting foods.  It is always fun to compare how many we have already incorporated into our daily meals.

Looking for Another Cure-All Pill?

We all have seen the TV commercials for pharmaceuticals purported to eliminate this symptom or cure that disease, as well as the horrifying side effects associated with each pill—up to and including death! Check out this commercial for a prescription for good health. By the way, though the GVWC is not a paid spokeswalker, we are proud advocates of this product and we will always promote it.  Enjoy!

 

Motivation of the Week

no matter

Finishing Line

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

Larry

German Village Walking Club gratefully acknowledges our

                             FOUNDING PARTNERS       

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COMMUNITY PARTNER

 

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