We had about a dozen dedicated walkers on Saturday, including three new folks: welcome Sarah, Dennis and Hae Ron. It was icy and dicey in spots. Some went directly to Winans while others did a lap or two on the grass around Schiller Park. Then we came together at Valters for a hearty breakfast and lively discussion. I hope you have alternative indoor workouts to follow when the weather makes it unsafe to get outside. And remember: despite this winter weather, we will see more daylight and warmth soon enough. Keep the faith!
Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:
- Another Twist of the Burpee
- Learn to Race Walk – February 17
- Sleeping Your Way to the Top
- Good Food Leads to Good Health
- Half-marathon is College Requirement
Also, a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for Franklin County until Thursday afternoon. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. It’s best to forego walking outside until Friday at the earliest. I hope you have alternative indoor workouts to follow when the weather makes it unsafe to get outside. And remember: despite this winter weather, we will see more daylight and warmth soon enough. Keep the faith!
Another Twist on the Burpee
As you may know, my favorite body weight exercise is the burpee. This short video from Men’s Health blog offers a little twist on the traditional burpee to give you an even better ab workout. Enjoy the pain!
Learn To Racewalk – February 17
The Columbus Running Company, along with the GVWC and Buckeye Striders, is sponsoring a “Learn to Race Walk” clinic on February 17, from 9am to noon, at the Dublin CRC store. The class will be led by two Cleveland Senior Olympic Race Walking medalists, including GVWC’s Joyce Prohaska. The cost is $10 and the class is limited to 30 people. Sign up here! And sign up soon!
Sleeping Your Way to the Top
The conventional wisdom regarding the value of sleep has long been that every hour spent sleeping was time not working and, therefore, time wasted. The thinking was the most successful people slept the least. This article from HuffPost titled, Sleeping Your Way to the Top, presents the multiple benefits of getting enough sleep which, as current research confirms, enables you to perform at your best at work. You may need to reorganize your evening routine to ensure you’re able to get enough sleep. Remember, while sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
Good Food Leads to Good Health
Many of us know the health benefits of eating fresh food, especially over processed food and fast food. Fresh vegetables and fruits provide our bodies important nutrients, reducing our risk of chronic diseases, as well as dietary fiber, increasing healthy digestion and a sense of feeling full, which keeps us at a healthy weight. Minimizing highly processed foods reduces, among other things, our exposure to excessive sodium, which impacts blood pressure and heart health. An editorial in Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch discusses how, under CEO Matt Habash’s leadership, Mid-Ohio Foodbank wisely advocates good food as good health policy. And “good” food means fresh food. Ensuring low income individuals and families have access to good, fresh food is a priority for the foodback. “Mid-Ohio practices what it preaches about the benefits of a fresh-food focus by operating South Side Roots, a café, market and kitchen in the Reeb Avenue Center.” The GVWC will again volunteer to serve the Tuesday Night Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center in March. Look for details in an upcoming newsletter.
Half-marathon is College Requirement
If you Like Runner’s World on Facebook, maybe you saw the story about the small, private college in Alabama that requires Every Student Run a Half Marathon. It’s part of a curriculum that emphasizes the health and fitness of students. I love this because I believe completing a marathon or half-marathon is a transformative experience that everyone can benefit from. Endurance events like these are hard. But that’s exactly the point. To decide to do something hard, to figure out how to do it, and then cross the finish line is a remarkable experience. As the college administrator responsible for the program says, “‘What I love about running [the half marathon] is the challenge of every step,’ Pettus said. ‘Those are great moments for students, when you see them finish and know they could’ve quit. That translates so well into life, into leadership.’” While it doesn’t seem like it today, racing season will be upon us soon. If you haven’t completed a half yet, I hope you will consider it. Check out the GVWC website to learn what is involved in training.
Route of the Week
We are still trying to get to the Topiary Park route…this week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!