GVWC Weekly Newsletter | February 25, 2020


There was plenty of sunshine and dry pavement on Saturday which meant it was a perfect day for walking. And, the conversation was lively at Winans. To quote my favorite jazz trumpeter and artistic director, “It don’t get no better than that!”

In the newsletter this week:

  • Happy 5-Year Anniversary GVWC!
  • Developing Simple, Small Habits for Better Health
  • How Much Exercise Needed After 65
  • Fast Walkers Live Longer

Happy 5-Year Anniversary GVWC!

This month the GVWC celebrates our fifth 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.

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

schiller lonely Feb 2015

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

But we have come a long way since those first few brutal weeks of winter weather.  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.  Thanks to all of you who make this a great Club to hang out with on Saturday mornings.

Here is the happy group at Winans after last Saturday’s walk:

2-22-20 pic at winans

Developing Simple, Small Habits for Better Health

At the GVWC, we talk about making small changes to improve our health by creating healthy habits, one small habit at a time. Check out this article from MyDomain with recommendations for 10 simple habits to improve your health. I bet many of you have incorporated some of these habits, including eating more plants, embracing healthy fats, and the one about sleep & preparing for sleep. Oh, who am I kidding. I can fall asleep on a dime. Ask Mrs. WalksFast who has permanently revoked my movie-picking privileges. (She’s never forgiven me for the National Treasure debacle.)  Sometimes, I don’t make it through the opening credits.

How Much Exercise Needed After 65

Did you see the article from the Verywellfit blog discussing exercise for “old” people. (Hey! I resemble that remark.) My takeaway from this article is that it isn’t just routine “exercise” that is needed. It’s mixing in different types of workouts into your exercise routines. It’s the variety that matters. I believe that adults at every age—regardless of age—need to incorporate different types of workouts into their exercise regime. This includes cardio, strength training, stretching/flexibility, and balance work.

Fast Walkers Live Longer

Via text from Mr. Otto Beatty III: “Fast walkers live longer, says Thomas E. Yates, Ph.D. Researchers found that women who walked at a brisk four-miles-an-hour pace lived about 15 years longer – to age 87 – than slow walkers. For men, it was nearly 20 years longer – to age 86. This was regardless of weight or waist circumference, showing that physical fitness may be a better indicator of longevity than body mass index (BMI). Thomas E. Yates, Ph.D. is professor of physical activity, sedentary behavior and health at University of Leicester, UK, and a lead author of the study using data from 475,000 people, published Mayo Clinic Proceedings.” And you all laughed at me, LarryWalksFast. Who is laughing now!?!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week


Finishing Line

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



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