German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | February 7, 2017

Greetings!

Temperatures from last Saturday to last Sunday were like night and day. Saturday was cold and gray, and Sunday was comparatively warm and sunny (although very windy). A sunny day in the 50s in February is like tonic for the soul. Think positive. We can make it till Spring!

In the newsletter this week: the Scioto Mile is the GVWC’s home field advantage, race training schedules are available, volunteers for Tuesday Night Community Dinner are set, healthful hints, and lots of numbers like 80/20 and 21/90 (and my personal favorite: 25 or 6 to 4). Get your calculator and read on!

Shown below are members of the GVWC enjoying happy hour at G. Michaels last Thursday before attending the Columbus Jazz Orchestra concert. Everyone said the concert was terrific.

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Home Field Advantage

I think we are very lucky at the GVWC that every Saturday we get to walk cool Downtown routes. My particular favorite is the Scioto Mile, which was completed about a year and a half ago. I call this our home field advantage. Although it is fun to travel to destination places for races and experience the sights and sounds of new cities, I think our home field is special. Check out this 3-minute video of the Scioto Mile created by the folks at the Downtown Columbus Development Corporation (the smart people behind the redevelopment) which shows the history of our riverfront and what it took to transform it into the Scioto Mile.

Need a Training Schedule for a Spring Race?

Plenty of GVWC members are planning for spring and summer races setting their training schedules on their calendars. And for a few, this will be their very first race. Are you one of them? If so, let me know if you’d like me to email you a (full or half) training schedule. I’ve already sent out schedules for the Carmel (IN) Half on April 22 and the Cap City Half on April 29. Now is the time to start training for those or other races around the same time. Your most important training walk of the week is the Long Slow Day (LSD). Right now, our 5-mile routes on Saturdays suffice for your LSD, but the schedules ramp up to 6 and 7 miles over the next couple weeks. Time to get started!

80/20 Rule

Check out this article from the mindbodygreen blog. It recommends we all follow the “80/20 Rule” and offers tips on how to approach and stick with it. As the article says, wellness cannot be an all or nothing proposition. Being too restrictive in any area of our lives just sets us up for failure. That is why most diets don’t work. You need balance in your life, or in this case 80% of the time, you “do good.” If you keep the 80/20 in the forefront of your mind, you will achieve your health and wellness goals. The key is to make small yet healthful changes to our lives that become habits.

Set for March 7 Tuesday Night Community Dinner

We have our volunteers in place for our first community outreach project of the year. On March 7, the GVWC crew will serve the Tuesday Night Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center which supports the South Side community. The dinners are provided by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and are served at Southside Roots:  Café.Market.Kitchen. Our team is made up of Frank, Gail, Jim, Maureen, Vicky, Nancy, Karin, Andrea and Larry.  Thanks everyone!

We have committed to a second Tuesday Night Dinner on May 23. It will be all GVWC volunteers that night, which means we need 14 volunteers. We have 6 committed already.  Please email Frank if you would like to join us that night.

The time commitment is 4:30pm to 8:00pm. A summary of volunteer duties is below:

  • Serving guests their dinner and beverages in a friendly manner to create a welcoming environment.
  • Engaging with community members to ensure an overall gratifying experience.
  • Minor cleaning duties; Cleaning tables, sweeping floors, etc.
  • Assisting the kitchen team with cleaning and closing the kitchen including washing dishes, mopping floors, etc.

Thanks GVWC members for all your support!  Also note this year, the GVWC will donate $1 for every volunteer-hour, up to 250 hours, to a charity to be determined.

Healthful Hints Corner

Our Healthful Hint of the week comes from Gail Gross Brown:

While in line waiting, do yoga poses.  They keep you fit and lessen stress.  Some people will look aghast and others will talk with you.

 Just remember to give others personal space.  My Pt taught me this helpful tip a decade ago.  It is well worth it.

Thanks Gail!

Please keep sending me your healthful tips. Thanks to everyone who has already contributed. We will publish yours soon.

Early Signup for Bountiful Gifts Race – Walkers Only Race

Registration is open for Bountiful Gifts, a walker-only race. The race is located in Canton and offers 5K, 10K and half marathon distances. This is the second year of the race. Let’s hope they’ve worked out some of the bugs from the inaugural year. The fees go up after February 27.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter – Early Edition | January 30, 2017

Greetings!

January is done. What? Where did the month go? I hope everyone is off to a good start to the New Year, including any health improvement changes you may be making. In the newsletter this week: GVWC kicks off it community outreach projects; Healthful Hint Corner; and a new list of superfoods.

Shown below is our gathering for breakfast at Valter’s on Saturday. Great food and great time.  Valter and his staff are always welcoming and the food is tremendous!

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GVWC 2017 Community Outreach Projects

As you know, one of the tenets of the GVWC is to support our community. This year we’re stepping up our community outreach efforts and tossing out a challenge to the group. We recently formed a Community Outreach Committee, being chaired by Frank Stoy. Also serving on the committee is Chris Coenen and me. We’re planning a few community outreach projects during the year. We’ve also decided that, for every GVWC volunteer-hour, the Club will donate one dollar—up to $250—to a charity to be determined. We could use 2 or 3 other committee members to help us with planning and implementation. If you’d like to join us, email Frank.

Recently, the Community Outreach Committee met with the Church For All People’s Pastor Greg Henneman at the Reeb Avenue Center. Pastor Greg hosted us for one of the Tuesday Night Community Dinner and the Committee decided our first project this year will be to support the Tuesday Night Community Dinner on March 7. The dinners, which are provided by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, are served at Southside Roots:  Café.Market.Kitchen.

GVWC members, Gina Harmon and her son, Wayne, have volunteered at the Reeb. Gina was so excited when she found out that the GVWC would be involved:

This is where Wayne and I volunteered prior to and after the grand opening Sept 2015. We saw firsthand how amazing the market and the Roots Cafe are and the incredible services they provide to the immediate community. I guarantee anyone who can volunteer their time will be inspired and impressed!

On March 7, we need 10 volunteers. We have committed to a second Tuesday Night Dinner on May 23. We need 14 volunteers that night, which will essentially will be GVWC night serving the community. The time commitment each night is 4:30pm to 8:00pm. A summary of volunteer duties is below:

  • Serving guests their dinner and beverages in a friendly manner to create a welcoming environment.
  • Engaging with community members to ensure an overall gratifying experience.
  • Minor cleaning duties; Cleaning tables, sweeping floors, etc.
  • Assisting the kitchen team with cleaning and closing the kitchen including washing dishes, mopping floors, etc.

Please reserve your place as one of the 10 volunteers on March 7 by emailing Frank. You are welcome to bring a significant other or friend. Thanks!

Healthful Hints Corner

Our Healthful Hint of the week comes from Neal Eiber:

I’ve been using organic apple cider vinegar and local unprocessed honey for 10 years now, and can vow for its medicinal properties. I take a tablespoon of the vinegar in 6 oz of water, and a teaspoon of the honey each morning. You can use your own way to consume the duo. Its benefits include treating arthritis, indigestion, obesity, eczema, acid reflux, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. It is alkaline producing for all you clean eating folks. However, it does not work for anyone foolish to break their leg while carrying a fern down the steps!

Thanks Neal!

Everyone, keep emailing me your healthful tips. Thanks to everyone who has already contributed. We will publish yours soon.

Superfoods

There are many health and wellness articles that provide lists of superfoods. It’s always fun to compare how many we consume on a regular basis. Here is an article of the list of 10 Superfoods from VeryWell blog. The list is comprised of foods that are high in antioxidants, help inflammation, and provide fiber to our diet. Cinnamon, a “healing spice,” also made the list.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 24, 2017

Greetings!

It was warm again over the weekend—we’ll take it! Though we’re wise not to put away our winter gear. That is, until next week, when we find out exactly how many more weeks of frigid weather Mother Nature has in store for us. Let’s hope that little guy doesn’t see his shadow. Till then, in the newsletter this week: breakfast at Valters this Saturday – RSVP; what is the No. 1 food product; Healthful Hints Corner; plus six more bonus tips.

Man, we are getting healthy. I feel it!

Breakfast at Valters – This Saturday 9:30am

Breakfast this Saturday at Valters after our walk, 9:30am. So far we have 10 people for breakfast.  If you plan to attend, email me by Wednesday, January 25.  Thanks!

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What is the No. 1 Food Product Purchased by Wealthy and Poor Alike?

The answer is soda. Did you get it right? Here is a New York Times article provided by Otto Beatty discussing how soda is the number one purchase of food stamp recipients. With all the social issues swirling these days, it is an interesting conversation about the role of government. There are many complicated questions. Is it appropriate for the government, through food stamps, to directly fund soda/junk food purchases made by consumers? Or should the government restrict what can be purchased with food stamps to be in-line with the government’s own recommendations for healthy eating? Finally, is it right that the government is indirectly subsidizing the soda and junk food industry by allowing consumers purchase those items using food stamps? It’s not just the poor who make bad decisions. Non-welfare recipients also spend a high percentage of their weekly grocery bill on junk foods. All I know is that sugar is one of the least healthy things we can consume. We all need to be intentional about eating healthier so we can enjoy living a longer, healthier life.

A month ago, we discussed in this newsletter how our south side neighbors have some of the highest health issues in all of central Ohio.  As part of the Club’s goals to increase our community involvement, we will be serving food to our neighbors at the Reeb Avenue Center on a few Tuesday nights throughout the year. This is in partnership with our friends at Community Development For All People. Look for details in a future newsletter. Also, check out the Reeb Avenue Center website. They do amazing work.  I hope you will join us on a Tuesday night to see this wonderful building and the different programs it houses.

Healthful Hints Corner

Our Healthful Hint of the week comes from Sandy Kight, who submitted a few great tips, including more tips on clean eating.

Drink only from glass and stainless steel and lead-free porcelain – run away from plastic and styrene and coated paper cups. Yep – all those to-go containers of coffee and tea and soft drinks and smoothies that make you look and feel sooo cool and “with it.” Run away! Your body receives toxins from them all. And never drink or cook with tap water or anything made with tap water – you don’t want the fluoride or chlorine in your body. (Think twice at restaurants!) (And you don’t want fluoride in your toothpaste either!) Do you have a water filter system in your kitchen?

Thanks Sandy!  Everyone, keep emailing me your healthful tips, and thanks to everyone who have already contributed. We will publish yours soon.

6 Tips To Age Better

More healthful tips – Here is an article from the Huffington Post with 6 tips to age better. My favorite, of course, is the strength training through body weight exercises. It’s easy to knock out pushups during your walks. After every mile, drop and do 10 pushups (or whatever your number is). Get moving for another mile, then do it again. After just three miles, you’ve knocked out 30 push-ups. Your chest, arms and core will thank you. Maybe your significant other will be impressed, too.

Thanks, Dr Steph, for the article!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 17, 2017

Greetings!

Despite the challenges that winter brings, I hope everyone is getting in their workouts. You must keep a flexible workout schedule just in case you can’t get outside because of lousy road conditions or dreadful weather. In the newsletter this week: new Healthful Hints Corner; what is this clean eating you speak of?; my latest rant; and breakfast at Valters on January 28 after our walk.

Healthful Hints Corner

New Year, Better You, right? Here is an article from VeryWell website with a calendar for January with one-per-day small steps to help improve your health. This is a great approach if you are looking to make small changes to your wellness with the intention of making them lifelong habits. Recall that one of the main tenets of the GVWC is to start small and avoid making too many changes at once.

I am compiling hints from GVWC members for making small changes to help improve health and wellness. What are some of your key pieces of advice that you can share? Please email me a tip or two so I can post them in the newsletter under the Healthful Hints Corner. It can be a one-liner or a paragraph. Share something new you are trying now or something that has worked for you in the past. We all could use a few healthful hints!

Much of the inspiration behind the Corner comes from GVWC member, Jim McVay, who has a few things he is trying. To kick this column off, here are excerpts from an email he circulated. Thank you for your leadership, Jim!

Welcome to January folks! Are going to make this the “year” when the new improved you appears? Have you started yet? Resolutions, intentions, plans, promises, whatever you want call them are only a source of stress and frustration if you don’t implement them! Not tomorrow, not next week –  today! Baby steps to start are fantastic! You all know the Nike slogan “Just do it”.

So, for me, I am going to try to join on the “clean eating” movement, as a few of us at Winans were discussing. This one is more of a life style change than a diet. To start with eat food that’s closer to the farm than the factory! That is as few ingredients as possible. Processed and refined are on the “don’t go there” list. It’s also about helping the environment by using local seasonal produce thereby helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Shopping with a conscience is also part or the plan. Only consume humanely raised meats, and ocean friendly seafood. I’m sure the hardest part of this to start will be getting away from the sugar! I’ve already thrown out cookie dough, half a jar of marshmallow cream, Frosted Flakes, and a couple of partial bottles of pancake syrup! Thinking about Susie’s chocolate stash!

I think I’m off to a good start, reading labels and cutting way back on ingredients. I’ve got lots more reading to do, and I fully realize that I can’t do it all at once. Like I mentioned earlier, baby steps are a lot better than no steps. So wish me luck support people!

So, What is this Clean Eating You Speak Of?

Jim did a great job explaining the term clean eating. According to this article in the Washington Post, clean eating can mean many things to many people—and everyone is right. And clean eating can work for everyone, too. The author explains that, for her, clean eating involves “making mindful decisions that are in-line with your values.” Exactly! We all have our own values and, therefore, need to formulate our own plans for implementation. Andrea and I are tweaking our own definition of clean eating, focusing more on whole grains (like quinoa) and legumes. Our approach to food is ever-evolving and gets us closer to the clean eating Nirvana. As the year progresses, it will be fun to discuss and compare each of our definitions and approaches over coffee at Winans. Wait, is coffee “clean”?

Really Oprah?  THIS Time You Mean It?

I had to do a double take. Is that Oprah doing a Weight Watchers TV commercial?  I couldn’t watch. I couldn’t take it. Are you kidding me? Another diet program for Oprah to hawk? I’m guessing this is number 5 in the last 25 years. My beef is not with Weight Watchers. Plenty of people achieve great success on their program. But Oprah? Man, she’s lost all credibility as a weight loss advocate in my opinion. It is all about us applauding Oprah for her fantastic new program for weight loss and health improvement. And maybe we should try it, too. Because, after all, Oprah is the purveyor of all things fantastic.

You know the drill. It all starts with the kick-off to the new journey on the way to a healthy lifestyle. We celebrate. Then, the great reveal where she looks A.MAZ.ING. We celebrate. Then, the fantastic stories of a changed life. We celebrate. Finally, a year or two later, we see Oprah on the cover of O. The Oprah Magazine and it looks like she put the weight back on. How can that be?

Oh, don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. Oprah will be back. Soon enough she’ll take us on another weight-loss “journey.” How many times must we be duped before we say, Enough!

You want to know who I respect? Chuck Norris. You just laughed, didn’t you?  I’m serious. Chuck is 76-years-old and has been using the Total Gym for over 30 years. It is the one program he hawks and it’s probably the main program he actually uses to stay fit. And the dude is seriously fit. Give me that kind of loyalty any day of the week. No celebrations. No big reveals.  No pumping his chest all over every media. Just plain dedication, loyalty, and conviction. Which, by the way, is the actual secret to success: dedication, loyalty and conviction to exercising regularly and eating healthy.

I had to vent, though. There is only so much I can write in my journal.  (yes, one of my new “baby step” lifestyle changes.  Got to say, I am really enjoying it!).

Breakfast at Valters – January 28th

The Club will be having breakfast at Valters, Saturday morning, 9:30am, January 28 after our walk. Please email me by January 22 if you will be attending.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 10, 2017

Greetings!

It was a bitter cold weekend. I hope everyone figured out how to keep moving, whether indoors or out. Six hardy souls showed for the GVWC Saturday, four of them are pictured below. In the newsletter this week: GVWC members get discounts on the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s February concert which must be ordered this week; the GVWC membership email roster will be published this weekend for members in good standing; an article about the fitness of man over the ages; cross training reminder; and lighting up the night.

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GVWC Member Benefit | Special Price on CJO Tickets (Must Order This Week)

The GVWC has teamed up with the Jazz Arts Group to offer a special benefit to our members to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s next concert, Ella Fitzgerald & The Great Ladies of Swing, at the Southern Theatre. By entering the code “ella30” when you purchase tickets, you will receive a $48 first balcony ticket for just $30. Eligible shows are as follow:

  • Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m.

The discount code is only available on tickets purchased THIS WEEK between January 9 and January 16. If you have never seen a performance of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, you are in for a treat!

GVWC Membership Email Roster

As many of you requested, we will publish a GVWC Membership Email Roster this weekend. To be included, you must have paid your 2017 annual GVWC renewal dues of $15. In case you forgot, please email me a check to the German Village Walking Club, 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thanks!

Fitness Through the Ages

I saw an interesting and humorous article in the Wall Street Journal last weekend about the evolution of man’s fitness reposted in the GVWC website. It may make you feel better about how tough it is to stick with an exercise plan. No longer are we hunting for our dinners these days. Well, except Joe Christopher, GVWC Alaskan chapter president.

Good Weather for Cross Training

During the inclement weather of winter, it is a good time to build into your week some extra cross-training days in case you find it too tough to get outside. As we have posted many times, you can do total body-weight exercises, like push-ups, pull-ups and planks, and you don’t need a lot of equipment or space.  You can even do them in your closet.

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That is a picture of young Drew Smith, the GVWC North Carolina chapter president.

Lighting Up the Night

In addition to the frightful weather conditions, winter can be problematic for walking outside due to limited hours of light. Below is a picture of Drew and Kelsey with their Nathan Light Benders, which helps keep them well-lit while running in the dark. As always, make sure you’re visible in your clothing and aware of your surroundings when walking or running in the dark.

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GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | January 3, 2017

Greetings!

Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing you all in 2017. In the newsletter this week, GVWC offers a special member benefit to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s concert in February; age is just a number, Part 1 and 2; and brick sidewalks being repaired in German Village.

Below are photos highlighting our combined New Year’s Eve / Vicky’s Birthday celebration / GVWC jacket fashion show on Saturday at Winans.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra Tickets – GVWC Discount

The GVWC has teamed up with the Jazz Arts Group to offer a special benefit to our members to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s next concert series, Ella Fitzgerald & The Great Ladies of Swing, at the Southern Theatre. By entering the code “ella30” when you purchase tickets, you will receive a $48 first balcony ticket for just $30. Eligible shows are as follow:

  • Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m.

The discount code is only available on tickets purchased between January 9 and January 16. If you have never seen a performance of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, you are in for a treat!

Age, It’s Just a Number

At age 85, Ed Whitlock ran the Toronto Marathon in under 4 hours. Amazing stuff. Ed’s story was profiled in the New York Times. Much of Ed’s running ability and longevity can be attributed to his extraordinary physiology, like VO2 max and muscle mass retention. Scientists are not satisfied that it’s just genetics. Indeed, they have studied him over the last couple years to uncover Ed’s secret. They’ve found that other factors play a part—factors that most of us “ordinary” human beings can control. Athletes like Ed, who remain highly active as they age, “haven’t killed off their inner 13-year-old.” In general, “they are curious, relatively unconstrained and full of physical and emotional vigor.” Thanks, Dr. Steph, for the contribution!

And, while we’re on the subject of impressive accomplishments with age, check out the recent cover of the Athleta catalog. This woman is elevated on her fingers. Wow!

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Age, It’s Just a Number – Part 2

From one spectrum to another, The Washington Post recently published a study showing that millennials have their own health issues with exercising. It seems that this generation of 20 and 30 somethings are going at it a little too hard when it comes to exercising, resulting in a rash of hip injuries. Many are going at it full tilt with high intensity interval training (HIIT), for example, and not taking the necessary steps to transition into these type exercises. So, the younger generation is not much different than us old folk. To avoid injuries, we all need to 1) understand our limitations and 2) build up our exercise program gradually. Don’t feel bad if you’ve overdone it or need more rest and recovery. You’re just like a typically 30-year-old. Haha!

Not Hitting The Bricks

Although very charming, we all know how careful we must be when walking through German Village because of the brick streets and sidewalks. In many areas, the uneven pavement, the deteriorated bricks and the uplifted bricks from tree roots cause the sidewalks to be down right treacherous. The Village has a plan to assist homeowners with repair and replacement of the brick sidewalks. According to the Columbus Dispatch, grants are available to homeowners to help pay for fixing the sidewalks in front of their homes. The grants are small, but it is a start. In the meantime, keep watching the pavement about 10 feet in front on our Saturday morning walks.

Thanks, Brian Zuk, for the contribution!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | December 27, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and start to Hanukah. This weekend propels us into 2017. Wow, this year has flown by. At the GVWC, I think we had a terrific year. In the newsletter, we look back on Club events and photos of members over the last year. As we look forward, read the 11 Health Trends for 2017 as well as an excerpt from the authors of the Younger Next Year series of books. Finally, there will be a GVWC challenge for 2017. Details to come.

Every year, the last issue of Runners World Magazine is titled, “New Year, New You.” If it were up to me, I’d modify it to: “New Year, Better You.” I don’t think we can really create a new person for ourselves (i.e., “new” you), but we certainly can improve on what we’ve been doing and how we’ve been living our lives. It is my hope that we can all find ways—no matter how small or how simple—to improve our lives this coming year. Rest assured, the GVWC will be there to support you. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

A Look Back – A Look Forward

The GVWC had a great 2016! We participated in lots of races, worked to stay fit, did some cool community work, drank lots of coffee, shared some fun meals, and laughed a lot. Lot’s of laughing. For a look back on GVWC’s year of activities, check out the race and community sections of the GVWC website. Good memories of great times!

To get a glimpse into 2017, here is an article from MindBodyGreen with the 11 wellness trends.  Some include ugly greens, sensory experiences, and medicinal mushrooms. (I don’t see any Fitbit type gadgets on the list for this year.) Whew! Ok, all you trendsetters, get after it!

Younger Next Year

The authors of Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., wrote a fantastic series of short articles in the October/November 2016 AARP Magazine. Below is Mr. Crowley’s introduction to those articles, which is simple, yet powerful. What struck me most is the premise that we are in control of our health, right up to our death.

Okey Doke, you’re in your 50s or 60s, maybe your 70s. And you’ve done pretty well. Very well, let’s say – a good life.

But the nagging questions gnaw in the night:  What’s my third act going to be like?  Will I be me or some busted-down old plop? Is this gonna be any fun or just boredom laced with terror?  What’s next?

It was questions like those that took me into the office of my physician, the esteemed Henry “Harry” Lodge, some years back.  His solid, optimistic answers thrilled me, motivated me and changed my life.  They also prompted us to write Younger Next Year books, which are the subject of the rest of this piece. 

Short version: The third act may be the best in the play. Not guaranteed, but a good chance.  Do some work and you can be yourself almost all the way out to the waterfall, and have a hell of a time (my own 70s, just concluded, were the best years in a terrific life).

Best of all, it’s up to you.  How long you live is 80 percent genes and 20 percent you.  But how well you live is 80 up to you and 20 percent genes.  You’re in control here. That’s nice.  Very, very nice.

How nice?  Try this.  Do what Harry and I urge, and you can put off 70 percent of normal aging till the very end.  You can actually skip 50 percent of all the major diseases and accidents, which the other kids are going to have completely.  No joke.  Those numbers are conservative.  And your life can be major fun.

“There is a catch, perhaps?” you wisely ask. Yes, there’s a catch, but it’s not that bad.

The big one:  The most important thing you can do is work out – pretty hard – six days a week, until you die.  Got to quit eating garbage, too.  And you have to care about something – other people, a cause, your god.

“Six days a week! You shriek.  “C’mon!”

C’mon, yourself! The payoff is astonishing.  It’s beyond wonderful.  Of course, there’s going to be some work.  You thought there was gonna be a pill, for heaven’s sake?  Please! Grow up. The fact is, the process is pretty good fun, itself a significant part of the good life.

Here is a summary of Crowley and Lodge’s 7 Rules To Stop Aging:

  1. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
  2. Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
  3. Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
  4. Spend less than you make.
  5. Quit eating crap!
  6. Connect and commit.

New Challenge

In the next couple weeks, we’ll reveal GVWC’s challenge for the coming year. Hint: it involves community service. If you’d like to help shape the challenge, please email me. Thanks!

GVWC Route of the Week

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Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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