Monthly Archives: January 2020

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | January 28, 2020

Greetings!

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??

GVWC Brunch

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!

picture of group

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

1-28-20

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 | January 21, 2020

Greetings!

The GVWC brunch is this Saturday, 9:30am at Valter’s. There will be no walk. There is still time to sign up for the brunch. See details below.

In the newsletter this week:

  • THIS SATURDAY! GVWC “After the Holidays” Party – Still Time to Sign Up
  • Walk Night at the Columbus Blue Jackets Recap
  • Journaling to Help Stay Mentally Strong
  • Hidden Benefits of Regular Exercise
  • Rerun of “Walking into the New Year” featuring LarryWalksFast | January 8 Webinar

THIS SATURDAY! GVWC “After the Holidays” Party – Still Time to Sign Up

THIS Saturday (January 25), the GVWC “After the Holidays” Party takes place at 9:30am at Valter’s at the Männerchor. You still have until 7pm Thursday to sign up. There will be no walk that day. At the brunch, we will enjoy many of Valter’s favorite dishes. Every member is welcomed to bring a guest. The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP by January 23 to germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com, and either bring your payment, or pay through Paypal via the “Contact Us” page of at our website. Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

“Walk Night” at the Columbus Blue Jackets Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the GVWC Walk Night at the Columbus Blue Jackets game on Saturday. Mark from the Blue Jackets gave us a great behind-the-scenes tour of Nationwide Arena. We visited private suites, including the Pins Mechanical Suite; we snuck into the all-inclusive Lexus Lounge, which offers seats proximate to the penalty box (and where you can pound on the glass, if you’re so inclined!); we perused the Founders Suite, a board room offering spectacular views of downtown; and we climbed to the top of the Arena to get a birds-eye perspective of the ice. To cap it off, the CBJs blanked the New Jersey Devils, 5-0, so there was a lot of cannon firing. Check out a few pictures of the night. For those who missed it, we missed you!

CBJ collage

Journaling to Help Stay Mentally Strong

I started daily journaling about 2 years ago when I began having more stress in my life. The daily journaling helped me to put things in perspective, let the small things go, and be more grateful of the people and my circumstances in my life. It may seem overwhelming at first, staring at the blank page, wondering what to write. But after getting into the habit, it becomes easier—and something I look forward to. This article from Marc & Angel Life Hack blog offers 20 5-minute journaling prompts. Give it a try!

Hidden Benefits Of Regular Exercise

The GVWC is all about fitness. We believe you can get a fantastic workout through walking (as long as you walk with purpose—but that’s a subject for another day). It’s not just fitness, though. The GVWC is about social connections, too. Because mental and emotional health is as important as the physical. That’s why we walk as a group. That’s why folks gather at Winans afterwards. That’s why we go to Valter’s for a post-holiday brunch. As noted in this article from NPR, Hope, Happiness And Social Connection: Hidden Benefits Of Regular Exercise, there are “often profound, yet lesser-known benefits of exercise that make it a worthy, lifelong activity whether you’re young, old, fit or disabled.” If you’re one of the many people who read this newsletter but have not yet come out to walk, the offer still stands. Come out. Walk with us. Meet new people. Breathe fresh air. And maybe reward yourself with a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate. I promise you, you’ll love it!

Rerun of “Walking into the New Year” featuring Larry | From January 8 Webinar

Oops! In last week’s newsletter, the link to the webinar, presented by America Walks, was inadvertently left off. As a reminder, our very own, Larry Smith, aka LarryWalksFast was one of the panelists on the topic of “Walking into The New Year.” As you know, we at the GVWC believe that walking is a great way to change the health and wellness of an individual and a community with a single step. This webinar explored programs and partnerships that help get community members moving and improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of all. Also a panelist was Dr. David Sabgir, the founder of Walk With a Doc. Larry is the first panelist and his presentation is about 18 minutes. As added incentive, you may see yourself in some of the photos featured in his presentation. Check it out!

Route of the Week

There is no walk this Saturday.  The brunch is at 9:30am.

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 | January 14, 2020

Greetings!

Remember this Saturday night is special Walk Night at the Columbus Blue Jackets game. This special opportunity is for ALL friends of the GVWC. If you are a reading this newsletter, that means you. See below for details and a link to purchasing tickets.

In the newsletter this week:

  • This Saturday Night, January 18 | Walk Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 19 Top Health Tips from Podcasts in 2019
  • Feeling Overwhelmed? Five Ways to Calm Down
  • This Is What a Heart Attack Feels Like
  • What’s Your “Ageotype”?
  • “Walking into the New Year” featuring LarryWalksFast | January 8 Webinar
  • GVWC “After the Holidays” Party | January 25, 2020

This Saturday – January 18 – “Walk Night” at the Columbus Blue Jackets

There is still time to join us! This Saturday, the GVWC has partnered with the Columbus Blue Jackets to offer GVWC members and friends a super-cool and unique experience. Join us on Saturday, January 18 for Walk Night at Nationwide Arena in advance of the game against the New Jersey Devils. Please plan to meet at 5:15pm at the Big Lots Box Office (Corner of Nationwide/McConnell, next to Tim Hortons). Ask for Mark from the Blue Jackets!  (Can’t find us – call my cell 614 314-7798). Mark will provide a guided walking tour, as we go through the Arena (Event Level/Lexus Lounge, Main Concourse, Club, Suite, and Upper Concourse). As a part of this deal, in addition to special pricing, each ticket comes with a CBJ drawstring bag or a CBJ water bottle. You can purchase tickets here. THIS SPECIAL EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL. IF YOU’RE READING THIS EMAIL, YOU ARE INVITED. We hope you’ll join us!

19 Top Health Tips from Podcasts in 2019

Here is an article from the mgbHealth blog with an article compiling 19 of their best podcasts (with links) with health tips for this past year. The podcasts cover topics from brain and mental well-being, to relationships and healing our bodies.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here are 5 Ways to Calm Down

Stress, particularly long term stress, can cause damage to the body. People handle stress in different ways, but here are five ideas from the Verywellmind blog to help you quickly settle yourself down from a stressful situation. One of those ways involves taking a walk. Maybe that’s what they mean when they say, “Walk it off.”

This Is What a Heart Attack Feels Like

Yikes! This Is What a Heart Attack Feels Like. From ‘indigestion’ to a ‘pulled muscle,’ survivors share very different experiences.

What’s Your “Ageotype”?

Scientists now say there are at least 4 different ways of aging. They found people tend to fall into one of four biological aging pathways, or ageotypes: immune, kidney, liver or metabolic. And these ageotypes might explain why different people have different health outcomes—and these ageotypes might give suggestions of what to do about it. For instance, metabolic agers, may be at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes as they grow older. Immune agers may generate more inflammation, and therefore be at higher risk for immune-related disease. It could be that liver and kidney ageotypes may be more prone to liver or kidney diseases, respectively. There are likely other pathways, such as cardio agers who may be more prone to heart attacks, for example, but this study was limited to four main aging pathways. Can you pick an ageotype? What’s the one that keeps me looking and feeling young the longest??

Rerun of “Walking into the New Year” featuring Larry | From January 8 Webinar

You can hear last week’s webinar presented by America Walks, and featuring our very own, Larry Smith, aka LarryWalksFast. Larry was one of the panelists on the topic of “Walking Into The New Year.” As you know, we at the GVWC believe that walking is a great way to change the health and wellness of an individual and a community with a single step. This webinar explored programs and partnerships that help get community members moving and improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of all. Also a panelist was Dr. David Sabgir, the founder of Walk With a Doc. Larry is the first panelist and his presentation is about 18 minutes. As added incentive, you may see yourself in some of the photos featured in his presentation. Check it out!

GVWC “After the Holidays” Party – January 25, 2020

The GVWC “After the Holidays” Party will be held Saturday morning, 9:30am, January 25 at Valter’s at the Männerchor. There will be no walk that day. At the brunch, we will enjoy many of Valter’s favorite dishes. Every member is welcomed to bring a guest. The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP by January 18 to germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com, and either mail a check—made out to the GVWC—to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Or pay be Paypal via the “Contact Us” page of at our website. Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

1-14-20

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 |January 7, 2020

Greetings!

It was a good start to our first walk of the New Year, which ended at the downtown Winans with plenty of good discussion of plans and goals for 2020. Keep that spark going, and pace yourself for a happy and healthy new year.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Importance of Balance
  • The Talented Artist Among Us
  • Impossible Foods at CES 2020
  • The Zero Minute Workout?
  • “Walking into the New Year” featuring LarryWalksFast | January 8 Webinar
  • January 18 | Walk Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • GVWC “After the Holidays” Party | January 25, 2020

Importance of Balance

Balance is an important component for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, particularly as we age. There are a number of simple exercises one can do to help improve balance, as well as strength training exercises. This article from the Pensacola News Journal provides some good tips, including standing on one foot while doing activities such as dishes and brushing your teeth. This article does not help with the type of balancing expertise needed in for the gentleman in the picture below. Thanks, Brooke, for providing the picture!

Balance

The Talented Artist Among Us

GVWC member, Brooke Albrecht, is a talented artist with a unique medium. She creates tiny books made of fabric and intricate needlework. Here is an article from City Scene Magazine featuring Brooke. You can see Brooke and her works at the 13th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Exhibition at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library from January 19 through February 29, 2020. Congratulations, Brooke!

KindnessMatters

Impossible Foods at CES 2020

It’s almost cliché today to be an industry “disrupter.” But I’d say this headline, “Impossible Foods’ pig-free pork is here, and it’s scary-similar to the real thing,” is indicative of industry disruption. First, creating meat-substitute products that are nearly impossible to differential from the real thing is turning the food industry upside-down. In addition, having a food company exhibiting at a trade show typically dedicated to technology and electronics seems wacky. Keep in mind, meat alternatives, like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat, aren’t intended to be healthier, but are better for the environment overall.

The Zero Minute Workout?

There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it? If you’re looking for a provocative podcast for your next workout, consider the rebroadcast from Freakonomics, The Zero Minute Workout.

“Walking into the New Year” featuring LarryWalksFast | January 8 Webinar

Join our very own, LarryWalksFast, tomorrow (Wednesday, January 8) at 2pm for a webinar presented by America Walks. Larry is one of the featured speakers on the topic, “Walking into the New Year.” As you know, we at the GVWC believe that walking is a great way to change the health and wellness of an individual and a community with a single step. This webinar will explore programs and partnerships that help to get community members moving, improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of all. Larry is an expert in walking. After all, he’s been doing most of his life. The webinar is free but registration is required.

January 18 – “Walk Night” at the Columbus Blue Jackets

This news is worthy of some serious cannon-firing! The GVWC has partnered with the Columbus Blue Jackets to offer our members and friends a super-cool and unique experience. Join us on Saturday, January 18 for Walk Night at Nationwide Arena. The building will open at 4:45pm for the GVWC (and other walking & hiking clubs) to walk pre-determined routes throughout the Arena—including some with maximum stairs! All walks end at the Great Lakes Brewing Company Pub for a happy hour event just for us. And this transitions right into the game against the New Jersey Devils. As a part of this deal, in addition to special pricing, each ticket comes with a CBJ drawstring bag or a CBJ water bottle. You can find out more information and purchase tickets here. Mrs. WalksFast and I already have our tickets. We hope you’ll join us!

CBJ

GVWC “After the Holidays” Party – January 25, 2020

The GVWC “After the Holidays” Party will be held Saturday morning, 9:30am, January 25 at Valter’s at the Männerchor. There will be no walk that day. At the brunch, we will enjoy many of Valter’s favorite dishes. Every member is welcomed to bring a guest. The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP by January 11 to germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com, and either mail a check—made out to the GVWC—to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Or pay be Paypal via the “Contact Us” page of at our website. Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

1-7-20

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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