I hope everyone is enjoying the official start of summer. It has been a little rainy lately, but soon that will pass. Please note that this week after walking, anyone who is interested can join the group for breakfast at Valters. Also, there are a couple special events coming up in August. Get them on your calendars.
Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:
- German Village Haus und Garten Tour – this weekend
- Save the Dates
- The Right Walking (and Running) Shoes
- Health Benefits of Kohlrabi. Cole who?
- Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss
- This Saturday – Breakfast at Valters
Thanks to Darla Kaikis for photo-logging our Art District/Topiary Park route on Saturday:
German Village Haus und Garten Tour – this weekend
We walk by many of German Village’s beautifully restored homes every Saturday. This weekend marks the 60th Haus und Garten Tour in German Village – and your opportunity to see inside and around back of some of the most exquisite examples. The Tour is this historic neighborhood’s biggest fundraiser. There are many new features this year, including a pre-tour Sunday brunch and a couple of different types of parties. Learn more here. It’s bound to sell out quickly. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the fun. Thanks, Otto Beatty, for the info to share!
Save the Dates
August 3. We take the GVWC on the road – to the bike paths of Granville; hosted afterwards by Nancy Recchie and Jeff Darbee. More information to come.
August 10. The African American Male Wellness Walk. Again this year, the GVWC will have a Passion Team for the walk. More information to come. And if you haven’t seen it yet, Livingston Avenue in front of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is renamed African American Male Wellness Walk Avenue.
The Right Walking (and Running) Shoes
One of the best ways to prevent injuries from walking (or running) is to make sure you wear the proper shoe for you and your feet. Even though I’m not a shoe expert, I get asked all the time for advice on this subject. My answer is always the same: it’s meaningless to suggest a specific brand or model because what works for me is likely not going to work for you. Nonetheless, I do have three important recommendations:
First, go to a reputable, running-focused local retailer, like Columbus Running Company (a valued GVWC partner). The staff in these stores are shoe experts. They will evaluate your individual needs to help you find the right shoes for you.
Second, you must go into the store so you can try on different pairs to determine what feels right. When you’re doing constant and repetitive motion for 3 or 5 miles (or more!), you want a shoe that fits properly and feels good. (Once you find the right shoes for you, then you can order them from the local store without having to make a special trip.)
Finally, don’t buy shoes off-the-shelf at places like Kohl’s or Dick’s or Footlocker. For the kind of walking we do at the GVWC, you need a high-quality shoe that is well-constructed and made of durable materials. Expect to pay between $90 and $130 which, compared to the $50 you’d spend elsewhere, seems like a lot. But it’s worth the cost. Again, when you’re doing the constant and repetitive motion, a good pair of shoes is the first step (pun intended) to ensuring you avoid injury and stay healthy while exercising.
This article from the Verywellfit blog discusses the different issues with your gait and motion of your foot. Thanks, Jim McVay, for the submittal!
Health Benefits of Kohlrabi. Cole who?
I’ve heard people recently speak of Cole Robbie, but I am not completely sure who he is or why I should care about him. Is Cole Robbie a Democrat running for president? Maybe Cole Robbie sings that great new country song…? Then I learned kohlrabi is a “biennial vegetable; a low, stout cultivar of wild cabbage; and is the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens.” Wait, what? I love collard greens! I learned also that kohlrabi, though weird looking, is high in vitamins and nutrients, aids the digestive system, promotes eye health, may help in the fight against cancer, supports nerve and muscle function, and reduces the risk of diabetes by helping with weight loss. Man, I need to start incorporating kohlrabi into my diet! Anyone got a good smoothie recipe?
Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss
Which is more important when it comes to weight loss – diet or exercise? Certainly, both have an impact on overall health and wellness. This article from Forbes discusses how Americans are exercising more, yet obesity continues to increase. Our lousy diets are a big contributor. Maybe we should try some kohlrabi.
This Saturday – Breakfast at Valters
Don’t forget! After our walk on Saturday, we are headed back to one of the GVWC’s most beloved partners, Valter’s at the Maennerchor. If you’ve never been, Valter’s (the restaurant) is a culinary experience fried up in a cast iron skillet and Valter (the chef and proprietor) is a genius with the cast iron skillet. Valter’s serves authentic German food (and beers) “along with some new American twists.” If you plan to come, email me by end of day Wednesday so we can alert the restaurant of how many to prepare for. I hope you’ll join us. Check out the brunch menu. Yum! I already know what I’m getting. Do you?
Route of the Week
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!