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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | December 27, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and start to Hanukah. This weekend propels us into 2017. Wow, this year has flown by. At the GVWC, I think we had a terrific year. In the newsletter, we look back on Club events and photos of members over the last year. As we look forward, read the 11 Health Trends for 2017 as well as an excerpt from the authors of the Younger Next Year series of books. Finally, there will be a GVWC challenge for 2017. Details to come.

Every year, the last issue of Runners World Magazine is titled, “New Year, New You.” If it were up to me, I’d modify it to: “New Year, Better You.” I don’t think we can really create a new person for ourselves (i.e., “new” you), but we certainly can improve on what we’ve been doing and how we’ve been living our lives. It is my hope that we can all find ways—no matter how small or how simple—to improve our lives this coming year. Rest assured, the GVWC will be there to support you. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

A Look Back – A Look Forward

The GVWC had a great 2016! We participated in lots of races, worked to stay fit, did some cool community work, drank lots of coffee, shared some fun meals, and laughed a lot. Lot’s of laughing. For a look back on GVWC’s year of activities, check out the race and community sections of the GVWC website. Good memories of great times!

To get a glimpse into 2017, here is an article from MindBodyGreen with the 11 wellness trends.  Some include ugly greens, sensory experiences, and medicinal mushrooms. (I don’t see any Fitbit type gadgets on the list for this year.) Whew! Ok, all you trendsetters, get after it!

Younger Next Year

The authors of Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., wrote a fantastic series of short articles in the October/November 2016 AARP Magazine. Below is Mr. Crowley’s introduction to those articles, which is simple, yet powerful. What struck me most is the premise that we are in control of our health, right up to our death.

Okey Doke, you’re in your 50s or 60s, maybe your 70s. And you’ve done pretty well. Very well, let’s say – a good life.

But the nagging questions gnaw in the night:  What’s my third act going to be like?  Will I be me or some busted-down old plop? Is this gonna be any fun or just boredom laced with terror?  What’s next?

It was questions like those that took me into the office of my physician, the esteemed Henry “Harry” Lodge, some years back.  His solid, optimistic answers thrilled me, motivated me and changed my life.  They also prompted us to write Younger Next Year books, which are the subject of the rest of this piece. 

Short version: The third act may be the best in the play. Not guaranteed, but a good chance.  Do some work and you can be yourself almost all the way out to the waterfall, and have a hell of a time (my own 70s, just concluded, were the best years in a terrific life).

Best of all, it’s up to you.  How long you live is 80 percent genes and 20 percent you.  But how well you live is 80 up to you and 20 percent genes.  You’re in control here. That’s nice.  Very, very nice.

How nice?  Try this.  Do what Harry and I urge, and you can put off 70 percent of normal aging till the very end.  You can actually skip 50 percent of all the major diseases and accidents, which the other kids are going to have completely.  No joke.  Those numbers are conservative.  And your life can be major fun.

“There is a catch, perhaps?” you wisely ask. Yes, there’s a catch, but it’s not that bad.

The big one:  The most important thing you can do is work out – pretty hard – six days a week, until you die.  Got to quit eating garbage, too.  And you have to care about something – other people, a cause, your god.

“Six days a week! You shriek.  “C’mon!”

C’mon, yourself! The payoff is astonishing.  It’s beyond wonderful.  Of course, there’s going to be some work.  You thought there was gonna be a pill, for heaven’s sake?  Please! Grow up. The fact is, the process is pretty good fun, itself a significant part of the good life.

Here is a summary of Crowley and Lodge’s 7 Rules To Stop Aging:

  1. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
  2. Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
  3. Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
  4. Spend less than you make.
  5. Quit eating crap!
  6. Connect and commit.

New Challenge

In the next couple weeks, we’ll reveal GVWC’s challenge for the coming year. Hint: it involves community service. If you’d like to help shape the challenge, please email me. Thanks!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | December 20, 2016

Greetings!

That was some crazy weather we had this past weekend. Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind between 0 degrees and 45 degrees. I bet she settles down soon – into your basic cold and snowy winter. Good news – the shortest day of the year is tomorrow. The days get longer from here!

In the newsletter this week:  news alert – Columbus has some very unhealthy neighborhoods (nearby); Club members doing great volunteer work to help those in our community; winterizing our walks; GVWC gear in; dues due; and GVWC membership roster being compiled.

This weekend is both Christmas and Hannukah. From my family to yours,  – Happy Holiday and a Healthy New Year. Be safe. Be thankful.

Yes, Central Ohio Residents Have Health Issues

Many people face significant health challenges in the Columbus area. Here is a story from 10TV Columbus presenting the biggest Columbus health challenges by zip code. The story features a woman living on the south side, just south of German Village, an area (zip code 43207) with the highest incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in all of Columbus. The woman was interviewed as she stood outside the United Method Church For All People Free Store waiting to get clothing. As you recall, GVWC partnered with the For All People Free Store last month at our Community Walk. According to the story, the biggest challenges for the south side community are access to health care and availability of healthy foods. Fortunately, there is good news – help is here. The City of Columbus recently built a new Health and Wellness Center in the area and, about a year ago, the new Reeb Avenue Center opened its doors to the community. The Center houses agencies for job training and addiction recovery, a Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, and the South Side Learning and Development Center for children to age 6.  The Mid-Ohio Foodbank runs a new fresh-food market there, too; and the South Side Roots Cafe offers weekday lunches, Saturday brunches and a community meal on Tuesday evenings.

At the GVWC, we hope to be able collaborate with more south side organizations like the For All People Free Store and the Reeb Avenue Center to help our neighbors. If you would like to get more involved in 2017, please email me. You may get some inspiration reading the blurb below.

Giving Back

Karin Beauleiu and Chris Coenen spent Saturday volunteering at the For All Free People Store wrapping presents for those in the community needing Christmas gifts for their families. Karin found the opportunity, along with others, through BESA, which connects people with local charities. Besides getting Chris involved, Karin also inspired Deb Hudson. Deb initially volunteered with Karin at the Columbus Foundation wrapping Christmas gifts for seniors. Deb said “it all started from a Saturday morning German Village walk and talk. I am so excited that Karin connected me with BESA. The experience was nothing but stellar from the minute I was assigned my senior to the day we dropped off our lovingly selected and wrapped gifts.” Deb added, “BESA has monthly opportunities to volunteer and the awesome part is they fill very quickly. It makes me smile that we live in such a caring and generous community”.

Thank you Karin, Deb, and Chris (who also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House)! You are doing wonderful work!  Here are a few pictures of the three.

Winterize Your Walks

Not a moment too soon, this article from the Endomondo blog offers tips for comfortably and safely walking outside in winter, what with tough weather and shorter daylight. One of the keys is to keep your head, hands and feet warm. My hands are my problem for getting and staying warm. Got any recommendations for a good pair of gloves or mittens?

Thank you, Gail Gross-Brown, for submitting the article!

GVWC Gear In!

The GVWC shirts and jackets are in. They look great. I’ll distribute them on Saturday morning after our walk.

GVWC Membership Roster – Let Me Know If You Want to Opt Out

Several people have approached me about putting together a GVWC membership email roster.  Great idea! I will do that within the first two weeks of 2017 after I get everyone’s membership renewal confirmations. Email me if you do NOT want to be included in the membership roster.

GVWC Annual Membership Dues

Your $15 annual membership fee for 2017 is due by December 31. If you joined the Club after August 31 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail a check, made out to “German Village Walking Club,” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | December 13, 2016

Greetings!

I don’t know about you all, but I need to exercise better self-control during holiday feasts. This weekend was a killer for me. Lots of good food and drink, and the company wasn’t bad, either.  Thanks to all you enablers.

In the newsletter this week: a recap of the Happy/Happy Saturday night; GVWC gear is in; Otto writes about the connection between Brooks and Buffett; no more excuses; and putting together a GVWC email roster.

GVWC Happy Hour/Happy Greek Recap

It was a fun time Saturday night! About 30 GVWC members and friends came out to enjoy good conversation, adult beverages, chips and guacamole from Bakersfield, and pizza from Forno. Many of our sponsors, Winans, Valters, GT Environmental, and Second Sole, contributed gifts to raffle off. Big thanks to Second Sole for hosting us and providing 30% off everything in the store. I saw lots of people (including my kids) who walked out with bags stuffed with shoes and gear.

Thanks go to Sheryl for putting together the Happy Greek follow-on dinner—which was essentially my third dinner of the day. I don’t know whether to offer my thanks to Chuck and Darla for introducing me to Metaxa or shake my fist at them for peer-pressuring me into doing shots. Metaxa is supposed to be drunk as a shooter, right?  Regardless: Opa!

Finally, thank you everyone for the thoughtful gifts: a really cool winter vest and cap emblazened with my nickname/Twitter handle, “LarryWalksFast.” I will wear them proudly.  As I said that night, it always makes me happy to get out of bed Saturday mornings to be with you all. You are a special group, and it is my pleasure to share in those mornings, and your many health and fitness accomplishments. You rock!

Here are a few pictures from the evening.  For those of you who missed it, you will just have to show up next year to see what I will be wearing.  You can nfind more pictures on the GVWC website. Just scroll down that page to Recent Events.

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GVWC Gear In!

The GVWC shirts and jackets are in. They look great. I’ll distribute them on Saturday morning after our walk.

The World’s Greatest Investor Invests in Runny/Walking Shoes!

Submitted by Otto Beatty, German Village Walking Club

Did you know that Warren Buffett, one of the five wealthiest people in the world ($74 billion net worth) has owned Brooks Running Shoes Company since 2006? There is even a limited edition Brooks shoe that features Buffet’s image on the heel and the sock liner. (Berkshire Hathaway Transcend 3, available on the Brooks website.) Buffett even hosts the “Invest in Yourself 5k” the morning after his annual meeting.

So, what’s the back story? In the early 2000s, Brooks was a struggling athletic and family shoe brand on the verge of bankruptcy with no chance to compete with Nike, Adidas and rest. (Est. sales $65M.) Then, the new CEO, Jim Weber, had a risky idea, focus the shoe and apparel brand exclusively on running and walking. Most of its marketing budget is spent on sponsoring races, having a presence in 1,100+ running specialty stores, and promoting the running lifestyle. The strategy has paid off. Brooks has grown an 18% compounded growth through 2014 when it achieved $500M mark in revenues. Brooks also scored best in the study for ethically manufactured sports shoes in 2015.

Why the investment? Buffet is famous for buying or investing in reputable “ordinary / non-sexy” consumer products that people use every day (e.g., Fruit of the Loom, Gillette, Duracell, Heinz, GEICO insurance, and Benjamin Moore Paints). Last year a record number of people—more than half a million—completed marathons in the U.S. The biggest percentage of runners are between 25 and 35 years old (yes, the millennials!). Running is now the biggest category of all athletic footwear and apparel. The average runner buys 2.6 pairs of shoes a year. There were over 25,000 timed races in the U.S. in 2015. Buffet was quoted in a recent Fortune Magazine article that he expects Brooks to double to a billion in sales due to the rise in running worldwide. Brooks will enter China in 2017. That’s a lot of feet!

Hey, most people reading this newsletter get it – the walking and running community is surging.  We are part of the movement and willing to spend to support our passion. Buffett, though, is a savvy investor who is also expert in the concept of diversification. His company also owns Dairy Queen!

Information and facts contained in this post were taken from Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Wikipeda, Yahoo Finance, CNBC websites and Excerpts from Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report.

No Excuses – Exercise Anywhere, Anytime

No equipment. No gym. No excuses. For me, I like to keep my workouts simple. I also try to get the biggest bang for the buck. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) fits that bill and is good to do one or two times a week. Here is a video of a routine from Men’s Health Magazine, where you can do HIIT anywhere, anytime. Here is the formula for this workout: of the three exercises, do six reps each and keep rotating these exercises for three minutes. Rest 1 minute. That is a four-minute round. Do as many rounds as you have time—or until you are puking. Easy peasy.  You can do this with any of your favorite bodyweight (or weighted) exercises. Mix it up.

This is a great workout to do on an off-walking day or when you look out the window and see snow or ice on the ground. Just step into your family room, start this workout, and in 8 to 12 minutes you will have completed a heart pounding, strength training workout all wrapped up in a short, power-packed period of time. But keep the waste basket close by. Haha!

GVWC Membership Roster – Let Me Know If You Want to Opt Out

Several people have approached me about putting together a GVWC membership email roster.  Great idea! I will do that within the first two weeks of 2017 after I get everyone’s membership renewal confirmations. Email me if you do NOT want to be included in the membership roster.

GVWC Annual Membership Dues

Your $15 annual membership fee for 2017 is due by December 31. If you joined the Club after August 31 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail a check, made out to “German Village Walking Club,” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | December 5, 2016 Early Edition

Greetings!

Listen up! There are lots of things going on this Saturday. No GVWC walk at Schiller on Saturday. Instead, you are welcome to join my family for our annual Brrrrewery District 5-Miler & Schmooze. Also, please let me know by Wednesday if attending GVWC Happy Hour and/or the dinner at Happy Greek. Also, find out how house plants can ward off the winter blues; who put the “no” in innovation; and how exercise activities are a priority over business activities from one successful entrepreneur.

Pictured below is “Jingle Bell Car Karaoke” with Vicky, Darla, Chuck and Deb.

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No Walk at Schiller This Saturday – Moved to Brrrrewery District 5-Miler

There is no GVWC Walk on Saturday, December 10. Instead, you may join my family and me for our 3rd Annual Brrrrewery District 5-Miler + Schmooze.  We will have an easy 5 mile jaunt through the Scioto-Audubon Park, North Bank Park, Broad and Main St. Bridges, and back to Brewery District. Afterwards, refreshments will be served at our home. Be aware this is a mixed group – walkers and runners. We all can get along!  Here are the particulars:

DATE: Saturday, December 10

TIME: Please arrive by 8:20am.  Run/Walk starts at 8:30am.

LOCATION: 41 W. Frankfort St., Columbus
RSVP: by Thursday, December 8 to germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com

This Saturday Night! GVWC Holiday Happy Hour @ Second Sole + Dinner at the Happy Greek

Let me know by THIS Wednesday, December 6! This Saturday there are two “happy” events in one night: Happy Hour at Second Sole and dinner with the gang at the Happy Greek. Bring a guest to either event. But you must RSVP for one, the other or both by this Wednesday.

The GVWC’s 2nd Annual Holiday Happy Hour at Second Sole starts at 6:15pm on December 10. At the Happy Hour, you can get 30% off all shoes and clothing; enjoy wine/beer appetizers; and win gift cards in raffles at great places like Second Sole, Winan’s, Valter’s. You get a raffle ticket just for showing up and members can “earn” extra raffle tickets by a) bringing a friend who joins the Club, b) buying an item, or c) paying your 2017 GVWC annual dues ($15). If you’re coming to Happy Hour at Second Sole, RSVP to me by Wednesday night. Email me!

Immediately afterwards, join your fellow walkers for dinner (at members’ expense) at 7:30pm at the Happy Greek restaurant directly next store to Second Sole. We have our own party room (up to 50 people). There will be a limited menu that night prepared for the Club. If you’re coming to dinner at the Happy Greek, RSVP to me by Wednesday night. Email me!

Green Thumb Fights Winter Blues

As this article from About Home says, you can outsmart the winter blues by adding house plants to your indoor environment. Besides purifying stale indoor air, plants can significantly boost your mood, reduce stress, improve concentration, and even relieve aches and pains. Another natural prescription to add to your medicine cabinet…or on the counter below the medicine cabinet.

Breakfast of Champions

I am a creature of habit. I like to eat cereal for breakfast most mornings. I keep it basic. I eat Shredded Wheat. As Post Shredded Wheat’s motto goes, “We put the NO in innovation.” But don’t tell Post, I eat my Shredded Wheat with chocolate milk. I fear they will frown on my innovation. Check out this 3-minute funny video about the history and inner workings at Post Shredded Wheat’s HQ and learn how management eschews innovation flawlessly.

Exercise – Priority 1 – Even Over Business

Here is an interesting perspective of exercise from entrepreneur, Joshua Steimle, as presented in an article from Time Magazine. Mr. Steimle prioritizes exercise above anything else, even business priorities. He says that if he stops exercising, his health goes downhill, which negatively impacts all aspects of his life, including his business. Therefore, if it is down to a decision between a client meeting and a trail run, the trail run takes priority. What do you think about that? Thanks, Kelsey Van Demark, for the contribution.  Kelsey is part of the new North Carolina chapter of the GVWC—which was recently relocated from Turin, Italy.

GVWC Annual Membership Dues

Please note GVWC 2017 annual dues, which are due by December 31, are $15.  If you pay your 2017 membership at the Happy Hour at Second Sole, you will receive an extra ticket for the 5 prizes we are raffling. If you joined the Club after August 31 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail a check, made out to “German Village Walking Club,” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!

GVWC Route of the Week

We are not meeting this week at Schiller. Meet at 41 W. Frankfort Street at 8:30am to join our Brrrewery District 5 Miler.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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