It is a calm day in Sweden since it is a public, religiously related holiday. I am not going to church, I will do some training instead. There is not much time til “Blodomloppet”, only two weeks more to go. When I was in Norway I did a lot of exercise. I got inspired and I bought a watch to keep track of my pulse. I love my watch and it has been my faithful friend during many years. Unfortunately, it cannot measure my pulse anymore so I had to buy a new one. Technology has improved a lot during a decade and I am currently learning how to use my watch. I need to calibrate my steps so I can measure distance. This is a Finnish watch, and Finland is a very developed country with regard to technology.
My running has improved a little, but I do other kind of sports for change. I have three weeks of vacation this summer and I am not travelling abroad since it is the best time of the year in Sweden. My goal is to learn how to crawl, and the great challenge is to learn how to breath while crawling. When I met my friends we talked about how internet has changed the way of learning and finding information. I will watch youtube crawling, but I have to return to Centralbadet for another private lesson. Work out should be fun, not an obligation.
Running is a kind of meditation. Personally, I don’t run fast, I find my so called running mood and pace, and then I can think and reflect. My very own time. To whoever reads this, I hope you also like training. And to increase your motivation I share some health benefits with exercise. Physiology is fascination, and it becomes even more interesting when you can measure changes in eg blood pressure, lipid profile, glucose levels etc. Please click on the publication below for further reading.
Now it is almost time for me to go training. I am currently in Stockholm and when I do training here it takes approximately 2 hours, walking for warming up and then running. I miss my sweetie very much. When I am in the countryside I know she is always waiting for me because she knows she will have her treat. A walk after I am done with my running. By writing this, I wish you all a relaxing and recovering holiday.
Overview of major cardiovascular effects of exercise:
HR, heart rate; LV, left ventricle; eNOS, endothelial nitric oxide synthase; NO, nitric oxide; VSM, vascular smooth muscle; BP, blood pressure; HDL, high density lipoprotein; LDL, low density lipoprotein; VLDL, very low density lipoprotein; TG, triglycerides; EPC, endothelial progenitor cell.
I must admit that I have been interested in international relations since I was a teenager. I remember my very first transatlantic flight I made alone. I was just about to turn 18. Since I was travelling alone I was nervous, but I was told not to be afraid since it was a direct flight. The plane started at Arlanda airport, landed in Oslo, Gardemoen, to pick up some more people, and from there, then directly to Miami airport. I just had to stay in the plane when I was in Oslo. I was lucky because I sat next to a girl in my age. She had her little brother with her. They were also travelling alone and we thought that it was rather fun, and also scary. They didn’t know either what to do when we were going to land in Miami. Passports and that kind of stuff. We were going to keep company til customs. It was a long flight but we enjoyed watching movies and chatting. The flight attendants liked her little brother. Miami airport was very busy so we lost each other. I wonder what they do today, if they remember this flight.
This weekend has been dedicated to various food. Spanish, Italian and Swedish cooking. I have dined with present colleagues and also, I have met pharmacy friends with whom I studied with at Uppsala University. I was interested in international relations and I was an active member in “Internationella utskottet” (international pharmaceutical relations for students). We arranged student exchange between pharmacies in various countries, among other activities.
Yesterday was election for the European parliament. I did my voting, but I don’t know how many voted. According to the radio, more people vote compared to previous elections. I believe Europe is approaching independence. But that will take time since it is a matter of human development. Remember that the world war two ended not so many years ago. In 1945. Sometimes, I find interesting writing in newspaper and I found the headline above two months ago. An interesting conclusion, and so true, is that Sweden has never been neutral. This year NATO is celebrating 70 years, with a big party. In brief, 40 years of cold war and then conflicts on Balkan. Russia not to be forgotten, and that is why NATO is interested in having Georgien as a new member. For the stability in the region.
To conclude, Stoltenberg must have a huge desk filled with paper work to maintain stability. His main goal and purpose. I hope. At least for generations to come.
Writing really is a favourite hobby of mine. And I am very happy that I have colleagues interested in literature. They have been very curious in following my development. That makes me happy. Slowly, I am starting to look forward, and I know I should read a book, just to compare my own style of writing. To get a new perspective and to develop further. Someone who also is keen of my reading is my sweetie. Always faithful and very eager. Sharing some photos illustrating her interest. This kind of writing is very different from scientific writing, but I must admit that I have been influenced by science. It has taken time to develop my own way of writing, and that will continue my whole life.
Another big hobby is work out, and right now I am training for participating in Blodomloppet. I have made some progress and I hope that it will be a beautiful day. I will join running directly after work. This helps me to be more focused on what I eat, and also that I have to remind myself of having more water. I don’t know why, but I forget having water.
What do you fancy in life?