Monthly Archives: September 2019

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | September 24, 2019

Greetings!

Welcome to Autumn. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • “Super Foods” – How Many Do You Eat?
  • The Worst Patients in the World
  • Marijuana and Your Health
  • Save The Date – Saturday, October 12

“Super Foods” – How Many Do You Eat?

Many foods have different beneficial properties. The Verywellfit blog offers a list of 10 foods that provide a variety of health benefits when consumed regularly. How many are a part of your regular menu rotation? We do a pretty good job. With cooler temperatures that fall promises, I look forward to increasing my use of cinnamon. Cinnamon in apple cider. Cinnamon in apple pie. Oh, look at that. I’ll get more apples, too!

The Worst Patients in the World

In this provocative article, The Worst Patients in the World, from the July issue of The Atlantic, asks, “could the problem with the American health-care system lie not only with the American system but with American patients?” Indeed, as the article posits, “many experts estimate that what providers do accounts for only 10 to 25 percent of life-expectancy improvements in a given country. What patients do seems to matter much more.” One of the physicians quoted in the article identified that “a key motivator for healthy behavior is feeling integrated in a community where that behavior is commonplace.” I like that, in our little corner of America, our GVWC walkers have cultivated both a strong sense of community and a cultural norm for walking. I hope that means that we continue to experience positive health outcomes.

Mental Wellness. There is an App for That

“Are you a pothead, Focker?” It was way back in 2000 when Robert DeNiro made that classic accusation toward Ben Stiller in the comedy, Meet the Parents. Man, how times have changed. To wit, the cover story of AARP’s September Bulletin is dedicated to marijuana. Marijuana and Your Health is a surprisingly comprehensive and well-balanced report on what consumers need to know about using marijuana to treat medical conditions. As you know, Ohio law legalizes the use of Medical Marijuana and, more recently, the cultivation of hemp and the manufacture and sale of CBD products (having less than 0.3% THC as a result of being derived from hemp). The AARP link gives a good explanation of the conditions and What Medical Marijuana Works For. Despite all this, it’s important to remember that driving while under the influence is against the law (and dumb). Additionally, at least so far, employers are not required to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana. (That means you can be fired if you fail a drug test.)

Save The Date – Saturday, October 12

On October 12, during our regular Saturday morning walk, the Columbus Running Company will be on hand to showcase one of their running shoe vendors. This is where CRC will have multiple sizes of a particular shoe style on hand for GVWC walkers to try out – during our actual walk. In addition, CRC will bring some AfterShokz headphones for us to try. These headphones are great, not only because they connect easily to your cell phone, but because they use bone conduction technology, which allows you to listen to your music or podcasts but also have your ears free to hear what’s going on around you. We’ll also feature a post-walk speaker and raffle off some prizes. This is a walk you won’t want to miss!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

9-24-19

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 | September 17, 2019

Greetings!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Strength Training For Seniors. Or is It?
  • Up Your Productivity And Motivation By (Over)Simplifying Your Playlist
  • 5 Minute Stress Relief Strategies
  • Save The Date – Saturday, October 12

Here are a couple photos of Diedre on her way out to start the local Las Vegas chapter of the GVWC.  Looking good, Diedre!

d and birdsd with grafitti

Strength Training For Seniors.  Or is It?

Because I am in my early 60s, I tend to focus on health articles that revolve around maintaining good health for the long haul and fending off the aging process. Many articles discuss exercise programs for people in their 50s, 60s and older, such as this article found in the Verywellfit blog. However, like in this article, these are great exercise programs for people of ALL ages. The workout incorporates punching, knee thrusters, and overhead shoulder presses, to name a few of the moves. None of that sounds like “senior” stuff to me. This is a great exercise workout to maintain and improve strength, stability and balance. All you need to do is modify the position or weight of each exercise to make it harder or easier.

Up Your Productivity And Motivation By (Over)Simplifying Your Playlist

Speaking of optimizing your workout, I came across an article in GQ suggesting that The Best Workout Music Is the Same Song on Repeat. I wouldn’t know much about the songs discussed in article. Not my style. My go-to workout playlist is Old Dominion Radio on Spotify.

5 Minute Stress Relief Strategies

Looking for some stress relief? Here are some 5-minute strategies in this article from the Verywellmind blog. This includes having a good laugh.

Save The Date – Saturday, October 12

On October 12, during our regular Saturday morning walk, the Columbus Running Company will be on hand to showcase one of their running shoe vendors. This is where CRC will have multiple sizes of a particular shoe style on hand for GVWC walkers to try out – during our actual walk. In addition, CRC will bring some AfterShokz headphones for us to try. These headphones are great, not only because they connect easily to your cell phone, but because they use bone conduction technology, which allows you to listen to your music or podcasts but also have your ears free to hear what’s going on around you. We’ll also feature a post-walk speaker and raffle off some prizes. This is a walk you won’t want to miss!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

9-17-19

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 | September 10, 2019

Greetings!

While it is—officially—still summer, there are some signs that autumn is around the corner. Football season is back, which is a good thing, though my beloved Bearcats got beat. Pumpkin spice lattes are again all the rage. And the grocery stores hawk 50-lb bags of “fun size” Halloween candy. (Sheesh, that’s a lot of candy!) If you’ve got a fall race on the calendar, by now you’re heading into the height of your training. If you’re out there for your regular fitness routine, enjoy!

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

  • Strength Training Moves for Women Over 50. Or Maybe Men, As Well?
  • Heart Healthy Foods
  • It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the ’80s
  • National Walking Summit – Columbus, Ohio – September 24
  • Save The Date – Saturday, October 12

Check out this charming photo of David and his daughter, Myra, on vacation in Tuscon. Looking good! We love to see photos of all the places you’ve been while decked out in your GVWC gear. Keep ‘em coming!

David and Myra in Tuson

Strength Training Moves for Women Over 50.  Or Maybe Men, As Well?

Even though this article from VeryWellFit touts the Must-Do Strength Training Moves for Women Over 50, the exercises profiled are suitable for everybody … regardless of age. Why is strength training important? Because, as we age, we lose muscular strength as a result of muscular mass. That is especially true if we are sedentary. Incorporating strength training into our regular workout regimen builds muscle mass and bone density, which means we’ll be able to do everyday tasks like, carrying groceries and pushing the lawn mower, or life-saving maneuvers, like picking ourselves up off the floor if (God forbid!) we’ve fallen. Exercises using a stability ball are especially effective because they improve balance and coordination. Making the individual exercises easier or harder by adjusting the amount of weight or your position (as in the modified pushup) ensures this workout is effective for everyone.

Heart Healthy Foods

Studies done by the American Heart Association show that 1,400,000 people die from heart disease annually.  That is an average of 2,600 Americans per day! The Byrdie blog lists The 7 Foods a Cardiologist Wants You to Start Eating. Robert Segal, MD, a board-certified cardiologist, explains the characteristics of certain foods that helps keep your heart healthy. He also gives some general guidelines about how to eat. For instance, “Eat a mostly plant- and fish-based Mediterranean diet free of as many processed foods and added sugars as you can,” suggests Segal. “Try to limit the refined processed carbohydrates to rare treats.” So, does that mean nightly scoops of double-espresso chocolate chunk truffle ice cream are out of the question?

It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the ’80s

Maybe it was the spandex. Maybe it was the leg warmers. Maybe Richard Simmons had it right and we need to get back to Sweatin’ to the Oldies. Sadly, likely none of those reasons account for why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the ’80s. In this 5-minute video from the Atlantic, there is a plethora of complex factors to blame, including a changing microbiome and toxic chemicals in the environment. So, there’s that.

National Walking Summit – Columbus, Ohio – September 24

On September 24, 2019, Columbus will host one of three National Walking Summits this year. The theme of the Columbus Summit is Places for People. Places that are for people support individual health and wellness, social engagement and connectedness, activism and economic vitality. The National Walking Summit–Columbus will explore the power, positivity, and progress that come when we create places for people.

I will lead a panel discussion with Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc, in a discussion about “A Culture of Health.” If you’re interested in attending the day-long summit, registration is $100. Find more information about the Summit and how to register here.

Save The Date – Saturday, October 12

On October 12, during our regular Saturday morning walk, the Columbus Running Company will be on hand to showcase one of their running shoe vendors. This is where CRC will have multiple sizes of a particular shoe style on hand for GVWC walkers to try out – during our actual walk. In addition, CRC will bring some AfterShokz headphones for us to try. These headphones are great, not only because they connect easily to your cell phone, but because they use bone conduction technology, which allows you to listen to your music or podcasts but also have your ears free to hear what’s going on around you. We’ll also feature a post-walk speaker and raffle off some prizes. This is a walk you won’t want to miss!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

9-10-19

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 | September 3, 2019

Greetings!

Welcome to September! We can look forward to cool temperatures. Remember that this is the first Saturday of September, which means we do the Winans to Winans route.

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

  • Benefits of Morning Workouts
  • Potassium – Get More
  • Better Sleep – Breathing Exercises
  • Speaking of Better Sleep, New Temperature Recommendations
  • National Walking Summit – Columbus, Ohio – September 24

Benefits of Morning Workouts

While it sounds smart-alecky, there’s a grain of truth to the notion that the best time to work out is any time you’re actually going to do it. For me, that’s first thing in the morning. If I get it done first thing, I don’t have to fret about making sure to find the time in the evening after work. Also, morning workouts allow me to avoid falling prey to my excuse monster. And, boy, do I have a million excuses by that time of day. This article from the Explore Health blog discussing how working out in the morning helps with cognitive skills the rest of the day.

Potassium  – Get More

This article from Harvard Medical School’s Healthbeat blog discusses the importance of getting more potassium in your diet. Potassium, which thousands of years ago was abundant in the diets of hunter-gatherer who roamed the planet, regulates the heartbeat, ensures proper function of muscles and nerves, and is vital for synthesizing protein and metabolizing carbohydrates. You don’t have to just rely on bananas to get your recommended daily intake of potassium. Many fruits and vegetables will help. Yeah, it always comes back to fruits and vegetables.

Better Sleep – Breathing Exercises

Having trouble falling asleep at night? Try one of these seven breathing exercises from this article found in the VeryWellmind blog.

Speaking of Better Sleep, New Temperature Recommendations

Speaking of better sleep, did you see that Energy Star, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently came out with new thermostat recommendations? Among other situations, it is recommended that people keep their thermostats at 82 degrees when sleeping. Eighty-two degrees? I’m certain Mrs. WalksFast would never get to sleep—let alone stay asleep—at that temperature. The internet says the ideal temperature is 67 degrees. Mrs. WalksFast says, “Nighty night!”

National Walking Summit – Columbus, Ohio – September 24

On September 24, 2019, Columbus will host one of three National Walking Summits this year. The theme of the Columbus Summit is Places for People. Places that are for people support individual health and wellness, social engagement and connectedness, activism and economic vitality. The National Walking Summit–Columbus will explore the power, positivity, and progress that come when we create places for people.

I will lead a panel discussion with Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc, in a discussion about “A Culture of Health.” If you’re interested in attending the day-long summit, registration is $100. Find more information about the Summit and how to register here.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

9-3-19

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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