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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 29, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather!  With the launch of the GVWC website later this week, I am making this a short newsletter so that you will spend your time checking out the site.  Look for an email on Thursday.

Racing Season

The racing season will be in full swing soon.  Please send me a note of the races you will be entering and the race results.  If you are looking for races in Ohio and elsewhere, here is a link to Running in the USA website.

On the GVWC website, we will have a “Racing Section”, announcing upcoming races, race results, and also providing an area where you can submit your race stories and pictures.  We hope to make the website all about you.

Substitute One Word

Here is a cute, amusing, and insightful article from Bustle.com, 9 Important Life Lessons That Runners Know Better Than Anyone.  All you need to do is substitute the word walker for runner.  The author shows you that running (or walking) can help you get over hurdles in your life, figure out how to start and stick with something seemingly difficult, and also to show you the importance of taking time to “smell the roses.”  You just need to get past the endless loop of Katie Perry.  Enjoy.

Earth Day | Scioto Audubon River Cleanup

Earth day is about a month away, celebrated in Columbus April 16 – 23.  Volunteers are needed across the City to help with Earth Day projects.  The theme this year is “Branch Out”  and the GVWC is helping out with cleanup and plantings along the Scioto River in the Scioto Audubon Park. We have about half dozen volunteers, but looking for more to pitch in.

You must register with Earth Day Columbus as a volunteer (click in the “Saturday April 16th box within the link), though I’d appreciate if you’d notify me via email that you plan to participate. That way, I can provide you details specific to the GVWC.

Motivation of the Week

Milton

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 | March 22, 2016

Greetings!

We made it! Spring has finally sprung. I don’t know about you, but with the increased daylight, and the official announcement of spring, my attitude is much improved. Even Andrea says I am not as grouchy as usual. Good stuff. This week in the newsletter we have the final article in the series I am christening the Trifecta of the S’s of Fitness: Steps, Standing, and now Stairs. In addition, as we move into the spring racing season, please let me know about races you have signed up for, provide me the results, and share any racing stories you have.

Stairway to Fitness

Maureen is our stairs cheerleader, and now I know why. AboutHealth.com posted a Study:  Want to Keep Your Aging Brain Sharp which discusses a new Canadian study showing how making stairs part of your daily routine can help keep your brain function youthful. There are a series of good articles about stair fitness and workouts in this link.

Below is a picture of Maureen (blue jacket, pink shoes) last Saturday leading part of the group on the stairs at the Statehouse.  Way to be Mo! And thanks, Jim, for the contribution to the GVWC newsletter.

stairs

Thanks to everyone who sends me contributions to the newsletter.

Drop Down And Give Me 50

Just in case anyone is looking for another fitness challenge, I thought this push-up challenge was a good one from the Time Health website. It is a program to get you to be able to do 50 consecutive push-ups—quite an accomplishment. Even if you do not do the challenge, I highly recommend doing push-ups regularly to build you upper body, arms, and core. You can do them 2 or 3 days a week. I usually knock out pushups on Wednesday and Sundays. My Sunday push-ups are incorporated into my long miles where I drop down for 15 push-ups after every mile. Last Sunday, for example, I walked 10 miles and 150 push-ups. Since making this a habit over a year ago, I have noticed more tone in my upper body and core. Now it is just part of my weekly routine.

Earth Day | Scioto Audubon River Cleanup

Earth day is about a month away, celebrated in Columbus April 16 – 23.  Volunteers are needed across the City to help with Earth Day projects.  The theme this year is “Branch Out”  and the GVWC is helping out with cleanup and plantings along the Scioto River in the Scioto Audubon Park. We have about half dozen volunteers, but looking for more to pitch in.

You must register with Earth Day Columbus as a volunteer (click in the “Saturday April 16th box within the link), though I’d appreciate if you’d notify me via email that you plan to participate. That way, I can provide you details specific to the GVWC.

Earth Day | Columbus Commons Celebration

The following Saturday, April 23, will be the Earth Day Columbus Celebration at Columbus Commons. The GVWC will have a booth there and is in need of volunteers to be at the booth helping to talk up the Club.  No details of the time have been released yet. All I know for sure is that there will be beer. Beer!  Please let me know if you would be interested in tending to the booth.

Motivation of the Week

The great Jack Lalanne

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GermanVillage Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 15, 2016

Greetings!

Happy Ohio Primary Election Day everyone!   I hope you all are getting out to vote today.  In the newsletter is an article that will make you want to jump to your feet, and a couple others to make you want to email me to be included in the Earth Day project to clean up the Scioto River banks at the Scioto Audubon.  You will also find a big announcement later in the newsletter.  Big!

Ready For This News?  Are You Sitting Down?

Well, I hope you are not sitting down…because that is precisely the issue. The health issue on the hot seat, as outlined in The Major Risk You Take Everyday (from ShareCare.com), is sitting too much. According to the article, even performing regular exercise does not compensate for all the sitting we do. Protracted excessive sitting has been shown to sabotage the lymph system. And research shows that sitting too much leads to many scary diseases—like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease—and the scariest thing of all: premature death.

About a year ago, after seeing many similar articles, I purchased a standing desk. I really like it. I stand at least half my day and enjoy the “change of scenery.” It gives me a fresh perspective when I stand (like I am doing right now while writing this blurb). I’ve found that standing also makes working with colleagues easier; for instance, when we look at something together on my monitor. It allows us to stand shoulder to shoulder, instead of someone having to look over my shoulder. Sometimes, near the end of the day, I find myself leaning on it as if I’m standing at a bar. It’s a good distraction, but I have the urge to order a Manhattan. The stand up desk I purchased is manufactured by Varidesk. Thanks, Jim M., for the contribution. And scaring the hell out of us!

standup57

Earth Day | Scioto Audubon River Cleanup

Earth Day 2016 is April 22. In Columbus this year, it is being celebrated from April 16 through 23 – more like an Earth Week. The theme in Columbus is “Branch Out”. There will be venues all over the city to plant new trees, clean up accumulated debris, plant new flower beds, and more. The GVWC will participate in cleaning up the Scioto Audubon along the river. After all, this is essentially our stomping grounds. Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 16 from 9am to noon to remove debris along the river, plant trees, and cut out indigenous honeysuckle plant.  A lunch for volunteers follows. The GVWC would like to commit at least 10 volunteers. Please help us have a great showing; you can email me if you’d like to participate. As team leader, I will sign you up. Gardening is great cross training, so think of it as helping the environment, giving back to the community, and working on some underutilized muscles!

Earth Day | Columbus Commons Celebration

The following Saturday, April 23, will be the Earth Day Columbus Celebration at Columbus Commons. The GVWC will have a booth there and is in need of volunteers to be at the booth helping to talk up the Club.  No details of the time have been released yet. All I know for sure is that there will be beer. Beer!  Please let me know if you would be interested in tending to the booth.

Big News | GVWC Website Launch

Be on the lookout for the official launch of the German Village Walking Club website. We should have it out at the end of March. GVWC CEO, Andrea Applegate, and I are working on it to make it interesting and useful. Stay tuned!

Columbus Public Health | Art Walks

The Columbus Public Health Department has a terrific Art Walk program.  The first one in 2016 will be held May 2. It is not been officially announced yet, but the GVWC is in the know and has this scoop:

Columbus Art Walks and Landmark Talks are 1-hour tours led by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and are designed to highlight public art, architecture and historical sites in neighborhoods around Columbus. This year’s series of 21 tours will kick off on May 2 at 7pm at Columbus Museum of Art, and will continue each Monday at 7pm through October. Stay tuned and check in at https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Healthy-Places/Art-Walks-and-Landmark-Talks/ for more details and final schedule.

Motivation of the Week

https://www.facebook.com/sherine.abadir/videos/1044102218974442/

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 | March 8, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone is having a great week!  I would say that March has come in like a lamb.  (So, you know what that means about how March will go out…)  In the newsletter this week, there are a couple blurbs about the Earth Day 2016 events and celebration toward the end of April.  As part of the Club’s involvement in the community, we will be volunteering to help clean up along the Scioto River at the Scioto Audubon Park.  Also in this week’s newsletter, you will find another one of my rants. Expect a bevy of angry “Letters to the Editor” to be published in next week’s newsletter in response. 🙂

Earth Day | Scioto Audubon River Cleanup

Earth Day 2016 is April 22.  In Columbus this year, it is being celebrated from April 16 through 23 – more like an Earth Week. The theme is  “Branch Out”. There will be venues all over the city to plant new trees, clean up accumulated debris, plant new flower beds, and more. The GVWC will participate in cleaning up the Scioto Audubon along the river. After all, this is essentially our stomping grounds. Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 16 from 9am to noon to remove debris along the river, plant trees, and cut out indigenous honeysuckle plant.  A lunch for volunteers follows. The GVWC would like to commit at least 10 volunteers. Please help us have a great showing; you can email me if you’d like to participate. As team leader, I will sign you up. Gardening is great cross training, so think of it as helping the environment, giving back to the community, and working on some underutilized muscles!

Earth Day | Columbus Commons Celebration

The following Saturday, April 23, will be the Earth Day Columbus Celebration at Columbus Commons. The GVWC will have a booth there and is in need of volunteers to be at the booth helping to talk up the Club.  No details of the time have been released yet. All I know for sure is that there will be beer. Beer! Please let me know if you would be interested in tending to the booth.

Me, Offended?

At Winans on Saturday, a GVWC member introduced me to a friend of his who had come in for coffee.  After exchanging some pleasantries, the friend said he was a runner, but only goes about 3 miles these days because the soreness in his knees makes running any farther almost unbearable. I told him I could empathize. I have had trouble in the past with arthritis in my neck and hips, which is the reason I walk now. I suggested maybe he’d like to join us some time.  He told me one day he may join us. One day. He went on to say he is glad that I get out and walk now—that it is better than doing nothing. I bit my tongue, smiled and told him it was nice to meet him.

Exchanges like this humor me these days.  When I first started walking for exercise, I would get annoyed at some of the comments I received.  Comments like, “I guess walking is better than nothing.” Or “I just don’t know how you get your heart rate up when all you do is walk.” That used to drive me nuts. I’d fire back: “Hey, walkers get the same health and fitness benefits of runners without all the punishment on their bodies.” “Hey, walking is just as demanding as running—even more so when you consider it takes longer to go the same distance.” “Hey, there’s a skill to being a race walker—there’s a technique. Anyone can lumber down the road like a rhinoceros, no technique needed.” I guess with my defensiveness I wasn’t making any friends.

Now, however, I smile. I feel confident in my ability to get my heart rate up on my walks; I’m proud about how I challenge myself with half marathons and marathons; and I know I can knock out more pushups, pull-ups, and burpees than a lot of guys my age.

So, I remind you all: we are not “just walkers.” We are athletes. We do not settle for walking because we’re too weak or too lame to do anything else. We choose this form of exercise—walking with purpose—to keep us healthy and fit.  We do get our heart rates up, and not just when people make uninformed comments. Here is an article to help get your “athlete on”.

Art – This Saturday Night!

This Saturday, March 12 from 5 to 9pm, the Hayley Gallery will host an Artist Opening Reception for Chuck Marshall, displaying over 20 new oil paintings.  Chuck, a GVWC member, is best known as a plein air artist.  We know him as an overall great guy.  Hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to view Chuck’s work and catch up with him.  The Hayley Gallery is located in New Albany, and here are the details of the event.  Congratulations Chuck!

jerry rice

Thanks to Drew Smith, captain of the Turin (Italy) Chapter of the GVWC, for the contribution.

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 | March 1, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone made the most of the extra day we got in February.  I bet all those 3,000,000-step-challengers used that day to get in extra steps.  In the newsletter this week, we look back on the first year of the German Village Walking Club.  Also, there are a couple articles on how coffee benefits your health, and how to crush your core.

Happy Anniversary, Ya’ll

The GVWC just celebrated our first anniversary! Reflecting back, this is quite an accomplishment—especially considering our uncertain beginnings. I don’t know if you remember, but it was ridiculously, brutally cold last February. Indeed, the wicked temperatures broke records from Canada to Florida. The first few sentences of this article, Polar vortex brings more historic cold in eastern U.S., which appeared in The Washington Post on February 20, says it all:

Friday arrived with an icy slap as Arctic air surged into the eastern United States. The cold snap caused long-standing records to tumble across the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.

That article appeared only days before this article, Walking club founder takes exercise in stride at Schiller, which appeared in the German Village Gazette and promoted the official launch of the GVWC. You may wonder why the photo—about a walking club—is taken in my living room. That’s because it was so cold, the photographer refused to do the shoot outside.

People (i.e., my wife) said it was a mistake to launch the Club in the middle of the coldest winter on record. And when I’d return home—dejected—after standing alone at Schiller Statue just in case someone showed up to walk with me, people (again, my wife) reassured me the walkers would come as soon as the weather became more temperate.

One year ago, this is how the German Village Walking Club started:

Schiller when GVWC started

Standing there alone in the park, I felt like the German Village Idiot.

But, look where we are today. By the numbers:

  • 60…Official members who make this the coolest and most fun place to be at 8am on Saturdays
  • 4…Members representing “chapters” across the U.S. (Cleveland, Wheeling, Seattle, and West Orange, NJ) and the International Chapter in Turin, Italy
  • 15 to 20+…Walkers who show up every week—even the winter
  • 4…GVWC partners: Winans, Second Sole, Caskey Cleaners, and Larrimer & Larrimer
  • 2…Community Urban Walks bringing walkers from clubs across Central Ohio (Gahanna Get Moving Team, Buckeye Striders, and New Albany Walking Club)
  • 2…Special Events, including a field trip to focused fitness and the first GVWC Happy Hour at Second Sole
  • At least 250…Cups of coffee at Winans where we yuck it up after our walks each Saturday
  • S, M, L, XL…Short- and long-sleeve technical T-shirts and jackets sporting the GVWC logo

The GVWC is dedicated to helping to promote walking as a fantastic form of exercise, and showcasing Columbus’ cool urban environment.  We are about fitness, competition, and community.  People who have joined our Club or participated in our community walks have commented about how great and beautiful downtown Columbus is, and what a great environment in which to walk.  We range from newbie walkers to marathon race walkers. We hope to keep growing and spreading the word about the positive impact of walking for fitness, and showcasing downtown Columbus.

Thank you all for your support!

Coffee Break Time!

And you thought it was milk that does a body good.  Maybe, but this article, Drink Coffee to Boost Your Workouts and More from About.com, touts the great health benefits of coffee – from improving athletic performance to enhancing mental focus and preventing disease.  Is it any wonder we hang at Winans?  We know what we are doing.

Mark Your Calendar

On March 12, 2016, 5 to 9pm, the Hayley Gallery will host an Artist Opening Reception for Chuck Marshall, displaying over 20 new oil paintings.  Chuck, a GVWC member, is best known as a Plein Air artist.  We know him as an overall great guy.  Hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to view Chuck’s work and catch up with him.  The Hayley Gallery is located in New Albany, and here is the link to the official press release with details of the event.  Congratulations Chuck!

Core Values

Strength, power, balance.  It all starts with our core.  From Men’s Health Magazine blog here is 90 second video of 22 versions of plank exercises to strengthen your core.  Notice that he does this workout outside.  Like I always say, you don’t need a gym or a stocked workout room to improve your fitness.  Ok, 90 seconds, get some good ideas, go!  (That guy looks pretty good, eh?)

Motivation of the Week

struggle

Thanks Connie M. for the contribution.

Finishing Line

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

Larry

 

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