GVWC Weekly Newsletter | March 17, 2020


These are extraordinary times. Surreal really. While it seems like there’s very little we can do, I’ll remind you of the regular stuff, like wash your hands, keep your distance, and stay home if sick; as well as suggest some not-so-obvious things, like supporting local restaurants by ordering carry-out and/or purchasing gift cards, practicing “social-media-distancing” by limiting (or eliminating) the time you spend on Facebook, et.al., and checking on the needs of people in those high risk groups. Finally, never has it been more important to take a walk outside to breathe fresh air. However, because it is a group activity, we are canceling our Saturday morning walks indefinitely.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Finding a Way
  • Cross Fit, No Problem
  • Other Ways to Deal with Covid-19

Finding a Way

We are presently living through extraordinarily stressful times. Can we go outside? If so, what can we do? Do we need to stay inside? If so, what can we do? People in Spain showed up at their windows and on their balconies to sweat with their neighbors during a lockdown as a local fitness trainer led classes from a nearby rooftop.

Cross Fit, No Problem

The article begins, “Shirtless, sweaty and extremely jacked.” Yeah, it’s about CrossFit. But CrossFIt ain’t just for young people anymore. Plenty of us oldies are getting on the CrossFit train. Read Why CrossFit Is Going After Your Grandpa. “An inside look at the hardcore fitness brand’s audacious pivot to senior citizens.” For reals.

Other Ways to Deal with COVID-19

I’m no expert, of course, but I offer these couple of suggestions for how to deal with this COVID-19 madness. First, get your news from the source. Governor DeWine holds daily news conferences, usually around 2pm or 3pm, where he makes announcements and offers updates, which are broadcast on TV, and livestreamed on Facebook and The Ohio Channel. Second, and closely related, avoid getting your news only through headlines, filtered through others, or from Facebook. Third, know the facts. From a public health perspective, the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 portal and the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 page offer science-based explanations for why these drastic measures must be implemented. Finally, know that this will end. Someday. In her remarks on Thursday, Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, estimated that in Ohio it will peak in late April to mid-May. (At today’s press briefing, she suggested early June.) Those dates are by no means guaranteed and, relatively speaking, a long time from now. But at least it’s something. If we get back to normal sooner: Yay!

Route of the Week

No official walks until further notice.

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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