We hope to be back walking again this Saturday, after a winter weather advisory two Saturdays ago and our GVWC After the Holiday brunch last Saturday. Remember: just because it is January, you are not getting out of walking!
In the newsletter this week:
- GVWC Brunch
- Core Muscles – These Aren’t Your Kids’ Six Pack
- This 22-Minute Workout Has Everything You Need
- Oh, yeah? How about the Zero-Minute Workout??
It was a fun time Saturday for the GVWC After the Holiday Brunch. As always, Valter was a great host and delighted us with samples of many of his favorite dishes, including French toast, waffles and skillet dishes. Thank you, GVWC members, for all you do for the Club and for being ambassadors for good health in our urban community. I look forward to a fun and healthy 2020!
Core Muscles – These Aren’t Your Kids’ Six Pack
You’ve seen it a hundred times. The hot guy in the movie peels off his tee shirt—you know, he’s got a motorcycle to work on or a beach volleyball game to win. And you’re like, WHAT!?! Where did those abs even come from? When I talk about strengthening our core, a common misconception is that I mean refining (*ahem*) one’s 6-pack. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Working on your abs, crunching toward a 6-pack isn’t particularly helpful unless you are entering a body building competition or an underwear commercial. Building up your core, which include about 10 sets of muscles, has many benefits, none of which are cosmetic. Strengthening your core helps us age well, assisting with better balance and strength, as well as preventing injuries and avoiding back pain. This article provides a terrific explanation of the core muscles, their purpose, and great exercises to perform to strengthen your core.
This 22-Minute Workout Has Everything You Need
From NPR Life Kit podcast, I recommend listening to This 22-Minute Workout Has Everything You Need, which explains how you can easily get a fantastic workout at home in just 22 minutes. This is also the full-body workout that 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pursues with her trainer. The secret to this workout is HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and includes 5 minutes of cardio + 8 minutes of strength (pushups, squats, rows) + 5 minutes of cardio + 4 minutes of stretching. Just for fun, here’s a charming video of Stephen Colbert working out with Justice Ginsberg. And if you’re unwilling to get down on the ground to do planks and push-ups … well, you really have no good excuse.
Oh, yeah? How about the Zero-Minute Workout??
Speaking of podcasts, I can’t remember if I shared with you the one from Freakonomics Radio about The Zero-Minute Workout. This episode presents several perspectives on what science has to say about the future of exercise. It’s probably not what you think. You can listen to the podcast (is it ironic that it’s 38 minutes?) or read the transcript here.
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!