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:
- Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
- Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
- Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
- Spend less than you make.
- Quit eating crap!
- Connect and commit.
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
I hope to catch you all Saturday morning. As always, whatever you do, finish strong!