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  • #16
    Not that it matters, but I've been practicing the trade, and am looking forward to an interview, if a job opens. But I will tell you, it is risky business, and those poses are not easy to learn. But I am taking lessons from this guy. He has a knack!


    • #17
      This appears good for me....little interest from you folks!

      Or perhaps your silence means you are preparing yourselves to compete with me for the job...…


      • #18
        In Memory of 9/11

        Hard to believe...another year past, but the feelings are still so strong. Bless those who we lost, and all those who suffered.

        But lets be proud of the strength and resilience that allows folks to move forward, and never give in to injustice, cruelty and evil agenda.


        • #19
          The Sauna

          Yes I do love a good sauna! Turns out it is really good for you as well.

          I work out at one of our Universities (U of Manitoba), and have done so since I was a student there, many decades ago. And one of the beautiful constants after a good workout is having a nice, warm (sometimes almost HOT) sauna, followed by a refreshing shower. Wonderful way to clear the mind, the body, and even the soul, all in one positive visit to the gym! And yes, it is often listed how beneficial a sauna can be. One fellow recently told me that a few saunas a week are equivalent to a good workout. But please read up yourself.....there are many positives, including the healthy way it affects the heart and blood circulation.

          But there's more.....especially at the U sauna. Almost every time I visit, there are good conversations to be had, with folks of all ages. It can be a range of people including profs, students, community members who get good rates at the gym, alumni (like myself) and so on. And many times I will be sitting there chatting with guys from all over the world, usually by way of foreign student programs. Highly interesting, learning about other places/other cultures.

          I guess I most enjoy when the older dudes (like yours truly) start to discuss topics of all shapes and forms. Not sure we have solved all the world's problems just yet, but sure as heck give it a go whenever we can! Generally, the comradery gets an "A" without a doubt.

          There is however a limit to my conversational duration, because if the sauna is very warm, and I sweat quite a lot, there comes a point of weakness, in that one needs a drink of water, or at minimum, some cooler air. I've made the mistake of being too polite, and listened to a longer story than I expected, only to start to get the onset of a dizzy feeling. That's too long!!

          But yes, love the sauna. Love the U in general, with its impressive gym and good facilities, and almost everyone I meet there. Nice folks overall! "Friendly Manitoba"!
          Last edited by CanDB; 11-02-2018, 01:29 PM.


          • #20
            No one else sauna???

            Here's some benefits to consider. There are even more benefits per other studies...:


            1. Saunas improve cardiovascular performance.

            Not surprisingly, sauna bathers most frequently cite stress reduction as the number one benefit of sauna use. Medical studies often determine that stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease (i.e. heart disease) is at least partially stress-related. Heat bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It’s a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside. As we like to say, "Step into a Finnleo sauna, and close the door on the rest of the world." The heat from the sauna relaxes the body's muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s all-natural "feel good" chemical, and their release provides a truly wonderful "after sauna glow.”

            Reduced risk of all-cause mortality & fatal cardiac incidents (heart attacks). Using sauna 2-3 times per week at 174 degrees F reduces risk of Fatal Cardiovascular Disease by 27% and 4-7 times per week reduces risk by 50%
            Reduced risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) with regular sauna use. A 3-month study of bi-weekly sauna use showed reduced occurrence of high blood pressure.

            Long-term sauna use and aerobic exercise are associated with improved arterial compliance, which means the arteries are healthier and better able to handle additional stresses. Sauna use increases the heart rate similar to aerobic exercise with the heart rate ranging between 120-150 beats per minute.

            2. Saunas aid in recovery after intense physical activity.

            Saunas relax muscles and soothe aches/pains in both muscles and joints. Under the high heat provided by a sauna, the body releases endorphins (see health and wellness benefit #1). Endorphins can have a mild, enjoyable "tranquilizing effect" and the ability to minimize the pain of arthritis and muscle soreness other from, say, an intense physical workout. Body temperature also rises from the heat of the sauna.. This causes blood vessels to dilate, therefore increasing blood circulation. This increased blood flow in turn speeds up the body’s natural healing process via soothing aches and pains and/or speeding up of the healing of minor bruises or cuts. After participating in physical sports, use the heat and/or steam of a sauna to promote muscle relaxation by helping to reduce muscle tension and eliminate lactic acid and/or other toxins that may be present.

            Regular sauna use may also benefit strength training through improved recovery & muscle growth through the increased growth hormones. Growth hormone increases by 200-300% after a single sauna use, which helps with reducing muscle atrophy. This relates to University of Iowa study.

            Three-weeks of post-exercise sauna bathing increased run time to exhaustion by 32% in male distance runners.

            3. Saunas Flush Toxins

            Many - if not most - of us do not actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating, however, has multiple proven health benefits. Benefits derived from a deep sweat can be achieved via regular sauna bathing. Due to the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. The blood vessels then dilate, causing increased blood flow (see above). As heat from the blood begins to move toward the skin's surface, the body’s nervous system then sends signals to the millions of sweat glands that cover the human body. As the sweat glands become stimulated, they produce sweat. Sweat production is primarily designed to cool the body, and is composed of 99% water. However, deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemical - which are all toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments. There is no shortage of books from Doctors and practitioners, who describe the benefits of detoxifying our bodies regularly. As many doctors will agree, a big reason for the popularity of saunas is that they are one of the best ways to detoxify our bodies.

            4. Reduces incidences of Alzheimer’s by 65%

            A 20-year study conducted with more than 2,300 participants at the University of Eastern Finland by Dr. Jari Laukkanen and his colleagues revealed regular sauna use (4-7 times per week) at 176 degrees F for 19 minutes lowered the risk for both Alzheimer's & Dementia. The control group for the study seldom, if ever, used sauna (0-1 times per week).

            5. Saunas relieve stress.

            Sauna use can help the body and mind adapt to stress and reduce the risk of depression and other mental disorders. In addition to the adaption to stress, the improved cardiorespiratory fitness contributes to the therapeutic effects of sauna for depression and anxiety.

            6. Saunas Can Induce a Deeper Sleep

            Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins (see above), body temperatures, which become elevated in the late evening, fall at bedtime. This slow, relaxing decline in endorphins is key in facilitating sleep. Numerous sauna bathers worldwide recall the deep sleep experiences that they feel after bathing the calming heat of a sauna.

            7. Saunas Can Help Fight Illness

            German sauna medical research shows that saunas were able to significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza amongst participants. As the body is exposed to the heat of a sauna and steam (in the case of traditional saunas), it produces white blood cells more rapidly, which in turn helps to fight illnesses and helps to kill viruses. In addition, saunas can relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of sinus congestion from colds or allergies - especially when used with steam (tip: add eucalyptus to the water for added benefit and overall enjoyment). The steam vapor action helps to clear up unwanted congestion and is a wonderful aspect of the Finnish sauna experience.

            8. Sauna Cleanses The Skin

            Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and/or health strategies in terms of cleansing one's skin. When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced - keeping your skin in good working condition. Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin a softer-looking quality.

            9. Saunas Burn Calories

            Outlandish claims are often made by some sauna sellers (primarily those who sell infrared saunas) to promote saunas as an end-all weight loss tool. While some individuals may experience high amounts of calorie burn at first - particularly those individuals in poor shape to begin with - over the long term, saunas are simply treated as one of many tools in our arsenal when it comes to burn additional calories. The sweating process itself requires a notable amount of energy. That energy is derived from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in a bodily process that burns up calories. According to U.S. Army medical research (Ward Dean, M.D.), "A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna in a single session, consuming nearly 300 calories in the process. ”The body consumes said calories due to the acceleration of heart activity (the cardiovascular section). As heart activity increases and as these processes demand more oxygen, the body begins to convert more calories into usable energy.

            10. Saunas Bring Out Recreational and Social Benefits

            While the social benefit is rarely talked about, it's actually quite important. The sauna can be a private, personal area of relaxation and solitude. However, it can just as easily be a relaxing environment for socializing with family, friends and soon-to-be friends. The sauna room environment is conducive to open, intimate and quiet conversation.

            11. Saunas Just Feel Good

            A sauna not only feels good, it’s good for your body. Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur during the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s simply the time spent in the calming and still retreat of the sauna, every seasoned sauna bather agrees - it feels wonderful! As we progress through our stressful everyday lives, the sauna provides a pampering retreat - where we can relax and restore body and soul. Sauna bathing truly makes you "Feel Better”, "Look Better” and "Sleep Better”!


            • #21
              No Susana.....

              Hot Tub.... Rub-a-dub...



              • #22
                Originally posted by Rancid View Post
                No Susana.....

                Hot Tub.... Rub-a-dub...

                I'm staying with the sauna, but the hot tub does have some funny aspects no doubt!! Mind you, not sure how crystal clear some of those tubs were, at certain "drunken" parties.


                • #23
                  Living Coral....Colour Of The year


                  Hey, nice colour, but every time I see the name or read about it's "fabulousness", I will think about one really good comedy show:

                  "In Living Colour"...:thumb:


                  • #24
                    Forgot to add a nice pic from that show...

                    Talk about great talent!! Even a young Jim Carrey. And JLo was a dancer on the show as well!!

                    Loved that show!!


                    • #25
                      Try Not To "Measure" Too Much

                      I used to measure too much. Sometimes I still do.

                      Used to weigh myself every day. Wanted to stay in good shape, and I had a number in my head. Trouble is, measuring is not a real action related item. As I got older I decided to keep doing my routines, working out, eating pretty decently, and started weighing myself less. Amazingly, I was pretty much the weight I wanted to be, even when I did not weigh myself for days and days. Why? I was taking the correct action (most of the time), and the scale only reports back what it knows. A number. Not a plan. Not a magical weight reduction tool, by just staring at it with extra intensity, hoping for good results. Just a tool and nothing else.

                      Same goes for financial info, like bank statements, and more serious investments, like stocks and bonds, etc. Unless you are a day trader, or a person in a hurry to make money, it is likely much wiser and easier on your mind to invest as wisely as you can, and then stop staring at your "numbers". The main problem is that you may start to get anxious more so than need be, just because of a less than wonderful year, or month, or heck, just one bad day. That's usually not how to manage the markets. They go up and down, and if you don't wait, often you lose opportunity. Again, just like the actions behind "making that weight", there are actions that will usually take care of the "numbers". Good judgement in finances helps. Relying on solid people/companies is an action worth utilizing. But staring at the bottom lines will not make the results better.

                      One of my friends is a bit on the "cheap side". He and his wife are quite wealthy. But even at our ripe age, he and her review their finances every month, in the form of a planned meeting. Now, don't get me wrong, that's not a terrible idea. I'm sure they check all their statements, and from there, decide what is best for their money. But recently he told us that they made a decision based on the numbers. They like decent wine, but decided to cut back on it. Now, given we are only talking a glass a day at most, which some folks will tell you is a health benefit, and the fact they enjoy some wine with dinner....I truly scratch my head if that's the result of measuring too much. People who have earned their quality lifestyle, and enjoy a small amount of wine, do not need to make that form of financial decision....given they do not need that money. Heck, he just spent a load on a beautiful new car, and it appears he got all the extras!

                      Some of you might say they did a smart thing, but if you love something that is not hurting you, and you can easily afford it, why panic because you went a few bucks over budget??? You have to know my friend to appreciate my angle....he is one who has strong opinions and likes to believe he is right almost all the time, and if his budget dropped a tiny bit, "it's time to take corrective action!!!"

                      It's like in sports, with all the stats. There were times when I put far too much focus on my my batting average, or how many goals and assists I got, or my golf score - even as the round was being played! That was going too far. The stats were not the action required. If I practiced hard, and studied the game more frequently, and stayed in good playing shape, the stats would take care of themselves. Just looking at the numbers was something to consider occasionally, BUT NOT all the time.

                      So I suggest to you, if you care to the right thing, understand the "actions" you need to take, not the score keeping, at least not on a frequent basis. BUT do learn how to find and decipher what the measurements mean. That is something I totally support. But if you don't watch carefully, you may in fact reward the wrong behaviour. Just because the scale says you lost a pound, does that mean you have to instantly gain it back? Maybe a treat, sure, but had you not looked, you might have been better off. And can you imagine if you found out later that your scale wasn't working properly?? What if it was set too low???

                      The actions are the key. The measurements support the actions, not the other way around. Keeping score is important. But again, if you get good grades, does that mean you can just sit back? I think not. But I'll tell you what feels really good....when you do the right things, and the measurements show improvement!! That's where it's at!!



                      • #26
                        I guess this thread did not measure up.....


                        • #27
                          Take Another Look

                          This might be an old thread topic of mine....but if so, why not give it new life!

                          Have you ever realized that, what you were totally missing was something that was there right in front of you.... all along? Simple example...driving down the same road almost every day, and one day noticing a new feature. And when you ask, someone tells you that it is not new at all. That it's been there for years.

                          We often become robotic in our actions. We do things from habit. It's just that, life has many facets to it, and we can not be 100% energized all the time. And there may be a bit of boredom in certain tasks.....repetitive ones. So we move along, sometimes shutting down some of our basic senses, because what we are doing at the time does not appear to be part of our end game. They are a very familiar piece of getting to where we are going, and that's about it. Therefore we may not be as open to new ideas or thoughts, or visuals even, because we have other things on our minds.

                          I get that. Nothing wrong with it. Hey, as long as we are clear minded regarding important matters, that's all that really counts. If we're driving, I would hope we are totally engaged in the rules of the road, and safety of course. That sort of thing.

                          But same can be said about many things that we do not notice. Little things for sure. Little things about people. Maybe preferences they have that we are just not catching on to.

                          But what about bigger things? Like maybe the fact that the person you should be spending more time with is right before your eyes. Maybe they are in fact, the partner you are looking for (ok, this specific thought is not for the married folks). Or maybe they are a friend waiting to happen. Or possibly you've missed out on a great little restaurant, or for a course that was perfect for you, or maybe even a job opportunity. The list is endless....and the potential for a nice little surprise may not be out of the question.

                          So even though you are busy, or deep into issues, or just never took the time to sit back and assess...I suggest you take another look around. You might be surprised what you've been missing!:thumb:
                          Last edited by CanDB; 12-14-2018, 02:30 PM.