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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | February 26, 2019

Greetings

It was a terrific walk on Saturday with a great group. Twenty-one strong! After weeks of weather delays, we finally got back to the Topiary Park route. A couple of our members, who are training for the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon, logged a few more miles by going through the Scioto Audubon Park. We also got to go across the newly opened Grant Street Bridge. Nice! The revitalization of Downtown continues. And the GVWC reaps the benefits every Saturday morning.

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Brain Health
  • Philadelphia Running Group Chases Down and Catches Thief
  • Silver Linings & Stink Bugs
  • Fifteen benefits of drinking water

Here we are prior to starting out on 3 or 5 miles through Topiary, and then again at Winans afterwards where we reconvened.

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Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Brain Health

According to this article from the VeryWellhealth blog, there is strong evidence to show the connection between consumption of artificial sweeteners and the incidence of strokes and dementia. Reducing the consumption of anything artificial in our diets these days is the recommendation of most health specialists. Personally, I rarely drink soda, and if I do, it’s diet soda. It always gives me a headache, though. No surprise there, I guess.

Philadelphia Running Group Chases Down and Catches Thief

Did you see the story from Runner’s World about the lunchtime running group that chased down a man who robbed another man of his phone and laptop. After the bad guy was apprehended, a police officer said, “It’s a running club—this guy tried to run from the running club.” I pity the petty criminal who crosses paths with the German Village Walking Club. Can you imagine?

Silver Linings & Stink Bugs

Can there possibly be a silver lining to this gruesome weather? According to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, What’s buggin’ you?: Not stink bugs, because polar vortex killed off most of them, the polar vortex that put most of the U.S. in a deep freeze last month appears to have had a chilling effect on the stink bug population by killing 95% of the population. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good, though. “Many of the eggs adult stink bugs laid before the polar vortex likely survived, meaning there will be a fresh batch soon.” So, there’s that.

Fifteen benefits of drinking water

I drink a lot of water. It’s a habit. I have a 24-oz reusable plastic drink cup with a lid and a green plastic straw that I got from Starbucks years ago. I keep it with me, at home and at the office, and I probably go through two or three of them a day. While I don’t think too much about it, I was reminded recently that keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day. How can you increase your intake of H2O?

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 this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | February 19, 2019

Greetings

The weather is still crummy, but we’re getting through it. Maybe you’ve noticed the days are getting longer, which is a promising sign that spring can’t be too far away. Meantime, keep finding the ways to fit exercise into your daily routine. It’s a great way to stay positive … all those endorphins released keep us mentally strong as Old Man Winter forces us to slog through another gruesome, foul-weather day. Hang in there!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Keep Moving. Think Positive.  Age Well.
  • Exercising to Reduce the Risk of Depression.
  • Race Walking Clinic Delivers the Fundamentals
  • How to Survive a Mountain Lion Attack
  • Can a simple symbol help shoppers find healthy food?

Welcome back, Phyllis Duryee. Phyllis, who recently underwent surgery to repair a broken hip, is making remarkable progress in her recovery. Indeed, she walked over to Winans to socialize with us on Saturday. We were surprised and delighted to see her, and we can’t wait until she’s back 100%!

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Keep Moving. Think Positive. Age Well.

Check out this video of the World’s Most Extreme Grandpa. This guy is my inspiration. He proves that age is only a number. And the key is to keep moving. Thanks, Sandy Kight, for submitting this story.

Exercising to Reduce the Risk of Depression

Many studies have concluded that physically active people tend to be happier and less prone to depression. But a study discussed in this article from the New York Times, provides “strong evidence” that being physically active, whatever your genetic makeup, can help protect against depression. Thanks for contributing this article, Frank Stoy.

Race Walking Clinic Delivers the Fundamentals

Thirty-seven walking enthusiasts participated in an introductory race-walking clinic sponsored by The Columbus Running Company, Buckeye Striders, Love 2 Reach, and GVWC. Experts Joyce and Barb discussed the basics of race walking and demonstrated proper technique. After doing some stretching exercises inside, we headed to the parking lot to work on fundamentals. It is not easy and, like anything else, the key to getting good at race walking is practice, practice, practice. I am told that is also the way to Carnegie Hall.

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How to Survive a Mountain Lion Attack

Yikes! Earlier this month, a Colorado trail runner who was attacked by a mountain lion managed to defend himself by killing the juvenile lion with his bare hands. His bare hands! Though attacks like this are rare, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official offers the following advice in the unlikely event you do encounter a lion: Put up your hands to make yourself bigger. Yell at the animal to scare it away. Throw sticks or rocks or whatever you can find to make yourself “uncooperative” prey. And, if you must, fight back. Fortunately, we in Columbus are unlikely to cross paths with anything as dangerous as a mountain lion. Our greatest threats come from dogs and cars. (Here’s advice on what to do in case of a dog attack. And when it comes to traffic, always assume drivers don’t see you.)

Can a simple symbol help shoppers find healthy food?

If you’re like me, you’d prefer to purchase healthy items at the grocery store. But it’s hard to tell what’s healthy. And, come to think of it, what does “healthy” mean, anyway? Researchers found that shoppers want greater transparency from food companies and more than half of those surveyed said they’d find a universal “healthy” symbol on packaging helpful.

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 this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | February 12, 2019

Greetings

I hate cancelling the weekly walks and I do so only out of an abundance of caution. My preference is to get outside and conquer the elements. However, if I perceive the conditions could be dangerous to walk, I will cancel, as I did on Saturday. Though the sun shone bright all day long, the windchill that morning made it feel like 5 degrees outside. Yikes! The pragmatist in me decided to call it off. As an optimist, I’m hoping the conditions are better this weekend so we can get together to get in some miles. Meantime keep moving!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Happy Fourth Anniversary GVWC!
  • One About the Heart on Valentine’s Day
  • Space still Available – Learn to Race Walk – February 17
  • Start Your Blenders!
  • Boosting Your Immune System

Happy Fourth Anniversary GVWC!

This month the GVWC celebrates our fourth anniversary! Quite an accomplishment—especially considering our inauspicious start. I don’t know if you remember how ridiculously, brutally cold it was during the winter of 2015. Indeed, the wicked temperatures, similar to what we’ve experienced this year but more sustained, broke records from Canada to Florida. The first few sentences of this article, Polar vortex brings more historic cold in eastern U.S., from the February 20 edition of The Washington Post, 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.

The Post article appeared only days before this article, Walking club founder takes exercise in stride at Schiller, was published in the German Village Gazette to promote the official launch of the GVWC. You may wonder why the photo accompanying the article—about an outdoor walking club—is taken in my living room. 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 the Schiller Statue waiting eagerly for someone to show up to walk with me, people (again, my wife) reassured me the walkers would come as soon as the weather became more temperate.

Four years ago, this is how the German Village Walking Club started:

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

But look where we are today:

  • 72…Official members who make this the coolest and most fun place to be at 8am on Saturdays
  • 15 to 25…Walkers who on average show up every week—even the winter
  • 5…Routes we walk either 3 or 5 miles through Downtown and urban parks/neighborhoods (North Bank Park, Topiary Park, Downtown Bridges, Otto’s Route, and Winans-to-Winans); look for a new Franklinton route to be added in the Spring
  • 6…GVWC partners: Winans, Columbus Running Company, Valter’s at the Maennerchor, Caskey Cleaners, Intelligent Office, and Larrimer & Larrimer
  • 5…Editions of the GVWC-branded new member technical t-shirts with phrases on the back, starting with the highly coveted, “Founding Member,” to the most recent, “Live, Love, Walk”.
  • 320…Likes on Facebook
  • 100s…of Community Meals served by GVWC volunteers at the South Side Roots Café at the Reeb Avenue Center, among the community service projects supported by the Club
  • 1,000s…Cups of coffee consumed since we started gathering at Winans after our walks (the amount of chocolates consumed is not tracked)

The GVWC is dedicated to promoting walking as a fantastic form of fitness. We also seek to build the walking community in the urban core and engage our walkers in giving back to our neighbors and in our community. We’re proud of how much we’ve grown. We’re grateful to count each of you as friends. And we’re excited about the road ahead.

One About the Heart on Valentine’s Day

I would be remiss if I didn’t include an obligatory, heart-related blurb in honor of Valentine’s Day. This one, however, is not the typical feel-good fare. According to NBC News, a startling new report finds that almost half of all Americans — 121 million adults — have some form of heart disease. This is a significant increase over the last three years. While the outrageous number “is largely due to changes in blood pressure guidelines — it is a warning about our increasingly sedentary lives, heart doctors say.” Walking (especially walking with purpose) is an excellent way to keep your heart healthy. Which is vital because your friends and loved ones want you around for many Valentine’s to come.

Space Still Available – 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. There will be raffles for CRC gift cards. Sign up here!

Start Your Blenders!

Smoothies are a great way to get our fruits, vegetables, and protein all rolled up in a delicious drink. But if you purchase a smoothie from a store or restaurant, you have a tough time controlling the number of calories. This article from the VeryWellfit blog offers 10 smoothie recipes all under 300 calories. Enjoy!

Boosting Your Immune System

Check out these 10 foods that help boost your immune system. You probably can drop most of these in your blender for your smoothie. Watch out for the oysters, though. I’m not sure how well that ingredient works in a smoothie.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

2-12-19

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | February 5, 2019

Greetings

It was a coffee kind of morning last Saturday. And sometimes, that’s the best kind. I don’t know about you, but by the time Sunday rolled around, with its bright sunshine and balmy temps, I was positively giddy. Is it too soon for shorts and daffodils? Because I’m ready!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Space still Available – Learn to Race Walk – February 17
  • Maybe A Better Indicator of Health Than BMI
  • Forget No-Carb, Think Slow Carb
  • Nike’s Self-Lacing, App-Controlled Sneaker of The Future

The German Village Coffee Club: Janet, Dave, Jeff, Kristen, Neil, and Nancy.

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Space Still Available – 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. There will be raffles for CRC gift cards. Sign up here!

Maybe a Better Indicator of Health than BMI

As you may know by now, I am NOT a fan of the Body Mass Index (BMI). In my opinion, it is a lousy (read: inaccurate) indicator of healthy body weight. For example, a healthy BMI for someone my height ranges between 132 lbs. and 167 lbs. I can’t imagine seeing me at 132 lbs. and thinking I was healthy. Yikes! The BMI calculator does not account for gender, nor does is consider muscle, which is why many athletes find themselves in the unhealthy range according to the BMI. This article from MSN Lifestyle blog discusses the importance of a the waist-to-height ratio in men relative to his overall health and longevity. Get out your slide rulers.

Forget No-Carb, Think Slow Carb

OK, before I step off my soapbox, I’m also annoyed by “fad” eating. Keto and Paleo are the latest offerings, but the carb-avoiding Atkins has been a perennial favorite. Sure, you can lose a ton of weight—in the short term. But it’s really hard on these plans to maintain both a healthy weight and nutritious eating. I prefer the rule of thumb “all things in moderation,” which is the premise of a story that appeared recently on NPR, You Don’t Have To Go No-Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb.

 Nike’s Self-Lacing, App-Controlled Sneaker of The Future

Yep, you read that right. Nike recently released a self-lacing, app-controlled, Bluetooth-enabled basketball shoes. I can’t imagine why, but then again, no one ever accused me of being a first-mover when it comes to gadgets and technology. (True story: I got my first ATM card in 2013.) Enjoy!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

2-5-19

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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