February 2022 Newsletter

Hi, everyone! Mikey Clarke here, Runners-and-Walkers joint President.

Annual Subs

First up, I’d like to taint the illustrious honey of our regular newsletter content with the rancid Nouveaux-Riche anthrax of making a whole lot of noise re the paying of our annual subscriptions.

The operating costs of a club like this may be really really low, but they’re not quite zero either! All those malt biscuits gotta come from somewhere. And the Raro. And the Bentleys. Our Club’s fees are the same as they’d always been: $30/year, or, $20/year if you pay before our regular earlybird cutoff date.

That date has historically been 1 March. The more daring reader may note that this is only a few days off! Insufficient notice, they thunder, surely?

Yup. My bad. I’d quite genuinely forgotten to mention this in the previous month’s newsletter. I think it’s only fair enough to extend this earlybird cutoff another month. 1 April, then. Do get in quick if you’d like that $10 discount!

You can pay on our website, at our usual location: https://wmc.org.nz/members/member-subscription. More extensive instructions are at the other end of that link.

Okay! That’s the horrid cod liver oil of Club subs slurped down and digesting swimmingly. Back to the fun stuff.

Yoga

The rest of the Club committee and I keep receiving a small but significant stream of comments from our members along the lines of “I’d love it if there were yoga classes available after our run/walk! Yoga is amazing, it uplifts and brightens our lives and everything in them, would it be at all possible if you could make that happen?”

Your wish is our command! I am right now making a whole lot of noise in this newsletter about yoga classes. Let the word go forth. If you’re reading this and you’d like our club to host yoga sessions, then absolutely reply to this: email emphatic replies, leave vehement comments at this newsletter web-page’s bottom, stand outside the ASB Centre clubrooms with a loudhailer and scream your appreciation of yoga across all of Kilbirnie and Rongotai. Whatever you find most soothing.

I and the rest of the committee shall interpret lots and lots of pro-yoga commentary as a thumping endorsement of yoga classes, and interpret friggin’ crickets as disinterest and contempt. Now’s your chance, yoga buffs, time to make some noise.

Exercise Very Effective Against Covid – Landmark Study

Judith Dennis has been kind enough to contribute the following:

Regular physical activity cuts the risk of dying from infectious diseases such as covid by 37 percent and reduces the chance of catching the virus by 31 per cent, according to new global research.

The findings have already gone to the Scottish government and other governments around world as well as public health experts and healthcare professionals.

ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie, who has worked a lot with the World Health Organisation and given exercise talks in many countries, today appealed to talk to the government about making New Zealanders healthier and safer in covid.

“The researchers in this groundbreaking study found regular exercise where people can boost their immunity is what all New Zealanders want to know,” Beddie says.

“They also confirmed that if people add physical activity to their vaccination programme it increases the potency of the vaccination. 

“We suggest a 12-week physical activity programme before vaccination which could result in 20 to 40 per cent more effective immunisation.

“If exercise was a pill, we would be publicly funding it and sending it to every New Zealander as a part of the covid public health prevention strategy.” 

The research carried out by an international team of researchers, led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), also found that physical activity can boost the effectiveness of vaccines by up to 40 per cent.

GCU conducted a review of 16,698 worldwide epidemiological studies published between January 1980 and April 2020 along with world-renowned immunologists and epidemiologists from University College London and Ghent University in Belgium, exercise and sports scientists from Cádiz University in Spain and a public health consultant from NHS Lanarkshire.

The research found that 30 minutes of activity five days a week or 150 minutes a week that gets people slightly out of breath such as walking, running, cycling and strengthening exercises can have a massive impact on immunity to infectious diseases such as covid. 

The study report says physical activity strengthens the first line of defence of the human immune system and a higher concentration of immune cells in the world’s first study into the link between exercise and covid immunity. The research has been published in the Sports Medicine journal.

http://www.makelemonade.nz/2022/01/28/exercise-very-effective-against-covid-
landmark-study/

What Are The Best Exercises For Reducing Stress?

Another contribution from Judith:

The latest Runtastic newsletter features an article addressing this question. First we need to be aware that stress affects everyone differently – what causes anguish in one individual may be a motivating challenge for another person. The negative effect occurs when the brain is overloaded with the stress hormones – adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, for example, and the body can’t manage it.

Why does exercise help? When we exercise, the motor cortex in our brain is hard at work, demanding resources that are then unavailable to the prefrontal cortex, which manages our emotional response to stress. So it can’t stay stressed!

When choosing the best exercise to reduce stress, it’s important to choose something you enjoy doing – so that a habit of pleasure can be formed. Then we’ll keep doing it! It’s also important to match the exercise intensity to how you’re feeling on the day. Stressful day at work? Try a recovery run instead of the sprints!

The exercises recommended in this article are:

  1. Running – of course!
  2. Walking – also of course!
  3. Yoga – helps us into a meditative state.
  4. Team sports – the social benefits.
  5. Self-defence – helps heighten awareness of our bodies and thus improves balance, co-ordination – and self-esteem.
  6. Climbing – fresh air, and focus on the essentials!

Here’s the link to the article: https://www.runtastic.com/blog/en/exercise-against-stress/

Some Interesting Podcasts

Judith again:

I had a couple of nights of poor sleep recently, but that meant I did hear some great material on the podcasts I follow!

Running Commentary is an English podcast by two comedians, who talk as they run. However, this week, only one was available, and he had a really interesting chat with a running coach, Shane Benzie, discussing such intricacies as running gait! Listen to the episode of Friday 18th February.

Then I heard Dr. Rangan Chatterjee (Feel Better, Live More podcast, also 18th February, episode #238) interview Tony Riddle who is attempting to run the length of Great Britain in 30 days to raise awareness of sustainability, etc. And he’s doing that barefoot! The episode is entitled ‘How to Overcome Adversity’! Say no more!

New Website Name

Mikey here once more. Finally, as I’m sure you may have realised, there’s now a teensy discrepancy between our new club name of “Wellington Runners and Walkers”, and our old website address of www.wmc.org.nz.

Above and beyond this new website design revamp (still under construction at new.wmc.org.nz), we thought it might be a nifty idea to also change its address.

We’d kicked around various candidate addresses. The simplest and most straightforward, for “Wellington Runners and Walkers”, would of course be wrw.co.nz. But it turns out that’s been snapped up by an Auckland wood construction business! We toyed with other addresses, and fitterthanthou.co.nz was a nice candidate for a while, before settling on wellyrunwalk.org.nz. I purchased it earlier this week, and I’ll hook it up to the existing site soon-ish.

That’ll do for now 🙂 Good walking and/or good running, everyone, and until our next newsletter, do enjoy yourselves.

Bus Trip: Plimmerton Boat Club & Railway Station; Sunday, 20 Mar 2022

Departs ASB Centre 8am
Pick up: Wellington Railway Station 8:10am
Pick up: Ngauranga Gorge, Hutt Road 8:20

Return from Ground Up Cafe, 15 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, 1pm
Return to ASB Centre, 1:30pm

Only first 30 seats guaranteed.

Bus Registration is now closed. Thank you Wellington Runners and Walkers

Registration

Name
Seats
Pick up
Paul Johnson
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Bruce Campbell
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Annie McCabe
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Liz M
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Maryanne John Palmer
2
Ngauranga Gorge, Hutt Rd 8:20
Bill Frecklington
1
Wgtn Railway Station 8:10
Bice Awan
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Tasi Takuira-Mita
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Sheryl Vibert
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Mark Growcott
1
Ngauranga Gorge, Hutt Rd 8:20
Nigel, Maryse & Beck
3
Ngauranga Gorge, Hutt Rd 8:20
Mo Bhikha
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Susan Millar
1
Ngauranga Gorge, Hutt Rd 8:20
Peter Firth
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Gordon Clarke
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Sybil and Margaret
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Toni Finkle
1
Ngauranga Gorge, Hutt Rd 8:20
Dennis & Christine
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Judith Llewellyn
1
ASB Stadium 8am
Judy hedwig
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Jane & Daniel O’Connell
2
ASB Stadium 8am
Mangu and jas
2
ASB Stadium 8am

Total Seats: 33


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