There are lots and lots of things going on with members of the GVWC these days—some crazy—as you will find out in this week’s e-newsletter. Good stuff! Keep sending me summaries and pictures of your adventures as well as articles you’d like to see in the newsletter.
I hope you all have a great Memorial Day Weekend. Since I will be out of town, Otto will lead the group on Saturday.
Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- GVWC Members – This and That
- Extra, Extra! Read All About it!
- AAMWI Passion Team – Time to Sign Up
- Daily Yoga Routine and Balance Exercises
- BEMER at Focused Fitness
- Need More Volunteers – Haus & Garten Tour – GVWC to Staff a House
We had a smaller crowd this week as many people were watching (attending??) the Royal wedding, like Nancy and Sandra shown below with the newlyweds.
GVWC Members – This and That
A warm welcome to Sandy Kight, who rejoined the group for the first time in some time. She has been battling issues with her joints, but you would never know it by how well she is moving. Sandy, your hard work and diligence to maintaining a healthy lifestyle has paid off. You look strong. Keep it up!
Congratulations to Emily Smith, president of the Chicago Chapter of the GVWC. Emily successfully coached her mentee, Micah, to her first-ever race in the Chicago Girls On The Run 5K on Saturday. Micah confided in Emily that she was a little nervous but just wanted to make her mom proud of her. Micah, I am sure you did your mom proud. I know you made your coach proud. (And your coach’s dad proud, too.)
GVWC member, David Alan Duke, was recently asked about his purchase of the new AAWalk shoes. His testimonial, which is captured in this video, was debuted at last week’s AAMWI monthly steering committee meeting. The audience erupted in spontaneous applause at the conclusion of the video. Way to be David! And keep up the good work on your personal training program.
Marie and Phyllis are on the go … again. This time, their travels take them across the pond. The photo of them below captures them hiking the Ring, a 179km circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry in South Western Ireland. These two truly are our very own Dynamic Duo!
Finally, and incredibly, last Saturday as we walked Otto’s Route (i.e., the Scioto-Greenlawn Trial), some of us observed a bald eagle perched high in a tree. It was an amazing sight to see. Such a regal creature that is not often seen just … sitting there like no big deal. Well, it is a huge deal for me. But, after my declaration last week that, from “heron” out I was going to pay better attention to urban wildlife, I feel my eagle eyes have really paid off.
As we say at the GVWC, you don’t get that on a treadmill, my friends.
Extra, Extra Read All About It!
The GVWC was featured in the June edition of Columbus Monthly Magazine. The cover story, “Take A Hike,” highlights hiking and walking programs around Central Ohio. Subscribers received their copies in the mail last week and the issue should hit newsstands soon. The electronic version of the article may be available in about a month, but here is the cheap version.
In addition, GVWC member, Jeff Darbee, contributes a regular column to Columbus Monthly. In these captivating articles that are always found on the last page of the magazine, Jeff shares interesting facts and stories that make up the history and architecture of Columbus.
AAMWI Passion Team – Time to Sign Up
As you know, the African American Male Wellness Walk is August 11. We are helping to train people for the 5K event, and help them establish the healthy habit of regular exercise. Like we did last year, the GVWC will have a passion team, and the 5K will replace our regular Saturday morning walk. Since this is an “official” walk, we need to register our participants. Please use this sign up link. Our goal is at least 30 people to represent the GVWC for this important cause. Sign up … and bring family members and friends, as well.
Daily Yoga Routine & Balance Exercises
I have a tight back, hips, and hamstrings. And, I KNOW I should do things like yoga. But, I have yet to really commit. I need to. As Nike says, Just Do It. In case some of you are in the same situation but have more dedication than me, this article from the VeryWellfit blog describes 10 yoga poses you should do daily. One of them, Downward Facing Dog, is good for the whole body. I may start with that pose then work my way up from there. It’s going to take a lot of work for me as my Downward Dog looks more like Dog Fell on His Face.
Balance is another area that can be improved through targeted exercises. Balance isn’t just a consideration for “old” people. Sure, as we age, balance becomes increasingly important to help us prevent injury from falls which, ultimately, allows us to maintain independence (remember Marie and Phyllis??). Athletes understand that specific balance exercises can make them more explosive and powerful at their sport. Even us “average Joes” can improve our overall fitness by incorporating balance training into our workout activities. This article also from the VeryWellfit blog provides 5 exercises for you to consider.
BEMER at Focused Fitness
Have you heard of BEMER? BEMER is electromagnetic therapy. There are many benefits to BEMER, including enhancements in the following areas:
- general blood flow
- the body’s nutrient and oxygen supply and waste disposal
- cardiac function
- physical fitness
- endurance and energy
- concentration and mental acuity
- stress reduction and relaxation
- sleep management
Emily Smith (no relation), owner of Focused Fitness, a wellness studio in the Arena District, is now offering BEMER sessions at her 272 Hanover Street location. GVWC members may call and make an appointment for three free BEMER sessions at the studio, 614 224-1776. Thanks, Emily!
Need More Volunteers: German Village Haus & Garten Tour – GVWC Staffing a House
The GVWC will staff one house on the German Village Haus & Garten Tour this year. We still need at least 2 people for all shifts, as follows:
Saturday Night Pre-Tour: June 23 5:15pm to 8:30pm, and Sunday, June 24:
- 8:45am – 11:30am
- 11:15am – 2:00pm
- 1:45pm – 4:15pm
In addition, there is a (recommended) volunteer orientation the Wednesday prior to the Tour, and a volunteer party (yay!) sometime after the Tour. Also, volunteers receive a complimentary Tour Ticket for all the homes. If interested in volunteering, email me. Find more information here.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I’ll miss you this coming Saturday, but I hope to catch you the following Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!